Bengali people and the French have so much in common, I’d muse.
It would take me some more years to realise how damaging that adage is, because it bolsters the perception that Black male sexuality is threatening to other men, that it is something mythic and magical like voodoo.
And, if I continued to say that, there wouldn’t be much of a difference between me and the Punjabi man in the nightclub.
If my friends were surprised to know I was dating a Kenyan student, so were his. Some boys from Africa date Northeastern girls, maybe because we have more in common with them than other communities,” said Bryan.
Maybe, you should go to more campus events, I suggested, meet other Indian students. They know nothing about our countries,” said Kwame, a Ghanaian student named after Kwame Nkrumah, who led Ghana to independence from the British in 1957.
He displayed incredible patience and grace during our time together, as he firmly unpacked my fears (“not all of us are drug dealers”), and taught me to dance with my hips a little more (“use your booty”). ” I shook my head and told him that I hadn’t gone for a test yet. I realised that he had never met my friends, because I had never thought of introducing him to them.