Tell me more about American exceptionamalism.
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
—Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
Small talk at the party always goes:
“Are you something from Star Wars?”
“So what are you?”
“A Berber from the Atlas Mountains.”
“What’s a Berber?”
It should be self-evident. A Berber wears a fine djellaba and soft leathers slippers. A prayer cap, if he is pious. He has a gentle presence. There is a mischievous glint in his eye. Of course, what this person, who is dressed up as an elaborate Lando Calrissian reference, really wants to know is: “Isn’t this what you went as last year?”