VIDEO: Afua Hirsch

Afua Hirsch lives in the United Kingdom and is British, but her skin colour constantly elicits questions about her ethnic background. In her debut Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, she has written a subtle personal history that also sketches the history of a country. Who can and may appropriate British identity? The guise of ‘colour-blindness’ actually causes more problems than it solves. Hirsch argues for change, and especially: the development of a language to talk about the subject. In her book, she analyses the identity crisis in which European societies now find themselves. 

Moderated by Heleen Debeuckelaere.

• Afua Hirsch is an author, journalist, and human rights activist. She writes for The Guardian, among other publications.

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