Peter Jones

A lesson for Rupa Huq from the ancient Greeks


The Labour MP Rupa Huq, of Pakistani heritage, has been suspended for suggesting that Kwasi Kwarteng, of Ghanaian heritage, was only superficially black and did not sound black on the radio. The ancients would have been baffled by her comment. They were fascinated by their world’s many different cultures, but colour held no significance for them.

People’s beliefs, however, were a matter of great interest.

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