Things that white academics have said to me
When I see a hijabi-babe, I watch and wait to see if it slips to see her hair.
You don’t want to do that [top] job when you have kids.
Are you trying to find a husband?
When I see her, I don’t see race. I see class.
My wife is Indian.
Most staff I’ve had a problem with are women.
This is all about the challenges for coloured doctoral students.
They don’t want to do Black British history.
Where are you from?
Things that academics of colour have said to me
How do you cope?
I need to leave academia.
I can’t tell you how much what you’ve done means to me in my life.
I need your advice.
I need a hug.
I sat there with your book in my hands and thought to myself, if she can do it, then I can too.
One day, that’s what we’d like to be like.
You’ve made a huge difference to what I thought was even possible.
Inspired by Susan Harlan’s ‘Things that Male Academics Have Said to Me‘. Part II to follow.