A WHITE VENEER: THE HIDDEN PREJUDICE IN LIBERAL CULTURE

by Sunetra Senior

The seed for this article was planted when I was watching Aziz Ansari’s ‘Master of None’: a clever, New York-based sitcom about a young, Indian actor trying to make it. Here was Ansari, a talented Asian comedian – who just by being himself – was getting the respect he deserved. Very few actors in Hollywood have been able to build their careers up to a point where they can claim producer/writer status; let alone those facing institutional racism. This guy had joined the ranks of  Happy Days’ Ron Howard, creator of hit, indie show Arrested Development, and Saturday Night Live’s Amy Poehler, who went on to write  the warm, bureaucratic satire  Parks and Recreation. So why, despite all this, was I still feeling uneasy?

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