Response to Ayesha:

I disagree with much of your framework. The notion that individuality is a “bourgeois fetish” immediately distances us, as I believe individuality is essential for human dignity.

Furthermore, I believe it is our task, our duty, to seek to shape our culture as we believe it should be — and I am convinced Chimamanda Ngozie herself would agree, as she seeks to shape the culture of her country and culture as a whole through her writing and her speeches.

Yes, the quote is true in isolation. But context matters. “Make America Great Again” is a harmless phrase in isolation — but within the largest context it is an exhortation to reactionary fascism.

A lot of your response reads as though you had not read anything I wrote. Which builds a certain frustration at my end.

I agree with your statement that we should not let our differences divide us.

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