Afua Hirsch has been called “one of the most dangerous women in Britain”, a statement she said she found hugely flattering. This afternoon she spoke to a Hay Festival audience about Britain’s identity crisis and societal colour blindness.
She said “Race is systemic, its structural”. She also described British society as “highly racialized”. Hirsch drew on personal experience and said despite growing up and still living in Wimbledon, when asked where are you really from?, often what is meant is why are you brown and in Britain?