Nigerian feminism advocate and author, Chimamanda Adichie, who sat for an interview with Esquire editor-in-chief Alex Bilmes, revealed why she is much more angrier about sexism than racism.
Chimamanda Adichie, who talked about Britain’s obsession with class, her unwavering support for the Obamas and why she thinks masculinity is a “hard, small cage”, also talked about Melania Trump‘s visit to Africa and why she believes the US first lady is a racist.
Alex Bilmes asked Chimamanda;
You say that you are angrier about sexism than you are about racism.
Replying the question, the Nigerian author said;
I said that because in my own very personal space, the people I love, the people I’m close to, my family, my freinds all get race. So, I’ve never with them had to make a case for why something was racist.
So, I’m in my circle of friends – White people, Black people, Asian people, Hispanic people – and something happens to do with blackness and immediately we all get it.
But with gender, I find, that with the people I love, I’m constantly being expected to make the case – the ways in which women are reduced, the ways in which authority in a woman is judged much more differently than authority in a man. And I find I’m constantly being asked by the people that I love – so I’m not talking about sort of, you know, anonymous people – to make that case. And it gets emotionally exhausting because I dont feel that I have the kind of effortless support that I have when I talk about race.