Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Trevor Noah talk a lot about race and “becoming black” in America.
Growing up in India, I didn’t think of myself as a minority, or as a brown, or as other indian in India although skin color is a major factor in India. I identified as an Indian, and I never, ever anticipated that my racial identity would change one day.
Losing my identity in America is a big deal. In America, identity is everything. It is common to feel that your identity is threatened, and so it is always on your mind. This is especially true after Sept 11 and got worse since Trump became President. ( I am an independent with an inclination towards Republican policies) Sometimes, You have to know who you are, and you have to be unapologetic about it.
I had neither the vocabulary nor the attitude to understand what was happening. I didn’t know words like “white privilege” or “micro aggression.” And I didn’t know what it meant to not be white, not even in theory until recently.
Sometimes, I feel I am hypersensitive, annoying, and angry. It means I feel like a crazy person half the time, wondering if what just happens to me is actually racial discrimination or I am reading too much into things.
As a public Health professional, I think, BROWNING OF AMERICA is inevitable.