Reality is merely an illusion. Albeit, a very persistent one. -Albert Einstein
We will see where this leads.
I don’t understand why books have shifted from having summaries on the back of the covers to having one-line reviews.
Seriously though. I want to know what the book is about. Not that someone from the Evening Standard thinks it’s a masterpiece.
I have been waiting for this post my whole life.
Person: So what are you?
Me: I'm Berber... my dad immigrated from Algeria.
Person: Wait, you're Nigerian?
Me: No, Algerian.
Person: Where's that?
Me: The north coast of Africa
Person: If you're from Africa, then why are you white? (asked with no hint of irony)
Another "helpful" person: Not all Africans are black... there are a lot of white people from South Africa
Me: No. I said I'm African. The white people in South Africa are the colonizers, not Africans. Besides, my mom's white so I look white.
Person: But your dad is black?
Me: What continent is Egypt in?
Me: Are all Egyptians black?
Me: Exactly. Now go over a couple countries to the west and that's where my dad is from.
Person: So you're Egyptian?
Me: No, Algeria is part of the Maghreb region which is quite different. I was just trying to prove a point.
Person: Are you like Middle Eastern then?
Person: But you are Arab?
Person: But they're pretty much the same thing, right?
Person: But they speak Arabic there...?
Me: Sort of
Person: But you speak French with your dad?
Me: Most Algerians are able to speak French and they didn't exactly offer Darija at my high school
Person: Why do they speak French?
Me: Well, you see, the French colonized Algeria until the Algerians won their independence in 1962.
Person: So you're white because you're French?
Me: *gives up*