Samira Ahmed of Channel 4 News fame sent me an email asking this question:
I’m fascinated by one of the issues raised in Sathnam Sanghera’s autobio “If you don’t know me by now”. Not the taboo about mental illness or anything, but why so many educated smart second generation Asians — men and women lie to their parents about dating white people.
I’ve met women journalists in their 30s who’ve been to warzones, and run incredible personal risks, but they’re still seeing boyfriends in secret. Sanghera was on Midweek a couple of days ago talking about how he never held hands with a succession of gori girlfriends in public for fear of being “spotted.” This man was a successful journalist at the FT! Could it be that deep inside, some people secretly agree with their parents that white people are not “good enough”?
I bet your readers would have interesting thoughts on the issue.
Do you, people?
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