Renowned Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was a guest at Esquire Townhouse with Breitling where she sat for a wide-ranging interview.
On Saturday, October 13, Adichie spoke to Esquire editor-in-chief Alex Bilmes. She touched on Melania Trump‘s visit to Africa and why she believes the US first lady is a racist, on Identity, and on the US President Donald Trump. She also spoke about Britain’s obsession with class, her unwavering support for the Obamas and why she thinks masculinity is a “hard, small cage”.
On racism and sexism, Bilmes asked Adichie:
You say that you are angrier about sexism than you are about racism.
To which the author of Americanah replied:
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.
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