On Talking About Race And Class Not Easy, But Not Impossible

@theotherginger Teju Cole is amazing indeed. This is a compilation from his twitter feed. As a person from another Third World country living in a First World country, this really resonated with me.

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 10:29 am 0

On Talking About Race And Class Not Easy, But Not Impossible

"I don’t like this expression ‘First World problems.’ It is false and it is condescending. Yes, Nigerians struggle with floods or infant mortality. But these same Nigerians also deal with mundane and seemingly luxurious hassles. Connectivity issues on your BlackBerry, cost of car repair, how to sync your iPad, what brand of noodles to buy: Third World problems. All the silly stuff of life doesn’t disappear just because you’re black and live in a poorer country. People in the richer nations need a more robust sense of the lives being lived in the darker nations. Here’s a First World problem: the inability to see that others are as fully complex and as keen on technology and pleasure as you are." — Teju Cole

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 7:24 am 1