Why Apu Nahasapeemapetilon matters – a response from an Indian immigrant

*Trigger Warning* If you need a trigger warning, you’re a moron.

Right, so I’ve been moved strongly enough to write what I think about the whole Apu from Simpsons issue. And considering that I too am an Indian immigrant to the West, somehow that endows me with more special powers to talk about this, than someone who doesn’t share my background. Why? Because #identity reasons (apparently).

An Open Letter to the New Humanist magazine

Full disclosure and a bit of background – I am a long time subscriber of the New Humanist magazine. In their Autumn 2017 they published an article called “The Reality of Racism in Modern Britain”, which reviewed Reni Eddo-Lodge’s book “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race“. Click here to read the New Humanist review for yourself. I took issue with this review and wrote the following letter to the editors of the magazine.