Whether in books, news headlines, research papers, podcast content, TED talks or pub conversations, the pervasive misleading use of the word ‘race’ strikes me every time and puzzles me. Last year, a well-established and well-meaning podcast host was welcoming his guests, social scientists, writers, teachers and activists before launching their conversation about the renewed social unrest that was sparked by the murder of Georges Floyd. He started his program with a question: ‘what is your race?’. For decades now, the topic of ‘race relations’ is studied by scholars and the term regularly appears in the public sphere. Not only is…

Valérie Van Den Bossche

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