1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian-born novelist and author of Americanah, tells Terry Gross about the “absurd” privilege of being black but not African-American: 

“I think that one is not burdened by America’s terrible racial history, and I think when people say to me, ‘You’re different. You’re not angry,’ in some ways it also feel that I’m being made complicit for something that I don’t want to be complicit in because in some ways they’re saying, ‘You’re one of the good ones.’ And I think to say that is to somehow ignore the reality of American history. So for example, people will say, ‘Oh, you’re so easy to get along with.’ And they’ll tell me some story of some African-American woman they knew who just wasn’t like me. Which I find quite absurd.”


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    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian-born novelist and author of Americanah, tells Terry Gross about the “absurd” privilege of being black but not African-American: 

    “I think that one is not burdened by America’s terrible racial history, and I think when people say to me, ‘You’re different. You’re not angry,’ in some ways it also feel that I’m being made complicit for something that I don’t want to be complicit in because in some ways they’re saying, ‘You’re one of the good ones.’ And I think to say that is to somehow ignore the reality of American history. So for example, people will say, ‘Oh, you’re so easy to get along with.’ And they’ll tell me some story of some African-American woman they knew who just wasn’t like me. Which I find quite absurd.”

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