|"Might as well be me"|
The irony of Europe's infatuation with Basel Action Network is that they think they are owning up to their post colonialism. But instead of "environmental justice", they accidentally delivered racial profiling of the talented tech sector. Once again, USA is less racist, if you can drop the smug confirmation bias.
Case in point. I used the n-word in a story. Since it was quoting another person - a judge - who used the word in a sentence to me personally, I've always thought it was fair to leave it in the judge's quotations - that the use of the word impugned the judge. In that context, I'd be making any censorship on the judge's behalf, at the expense of the folks he was impugning (me and some black folk). But I heard through the grapevine that the Europeans thought it was verboten, and another black mark against exporting fairly.
So let's go there. How does a guy from the Ozarks get to know more about Africa than Europeans do?
In the context of the N-word, I was in Austria, speaking on a panel, and told the story to other panel members (not to the audience). I was telling them I was on my way back to Ghana and Agbogbloshie, and trying with the story to self-deprecate the part of America I come from. The story is humiliating, which is a form of humility.
This was some racial tolerance inside baseball.