Friday, October 26, 2012

How

Victor was completing a survey today which gets distributed in the schools every year. A kind of child census with lots of intrusive questions like “Does someone help you with your school work?” or “Do you have the internet at home?”.

Question 41 related to race or, more specifically, skin colour. The toe-curling options which the poor child had to choose from would have had focus groups and racial awareness committees in the UK or US in a tailspin: “Do you consider yourself (a) white (b) black (c) brown (d) yellow or ‘of oriental origin’ or (e) indigenous.” 

Victor didn’t hesitate for a moment and - gently pinching the skin on his arm - looked up and said “indigenous”.

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