May 22, 2021
Co-presented with MOAD. From The Guardian’s Georgina Lawton, a
moving examination of how racial identity is constructed—through
the author’s own journey grappling with secrets and stereotypes,
having been raised by white parents with no explanation as to why
she looked black.
Raised in sleepy English suburbia, Georgina Lawton was no stranger to homogeneity. Her parents were white; her friends were white; there was no reason for her to think she was any different. But over time her brown skin and dark, kinky hair frequently made her a target of prejudice. In Georgina’s insistently color-blind household, with no acknowledgement of her difference or access to black culture, she lacked the coordinates to make sense of who she was.