Our nine-floor housing society is shifting from a builder managed to an RWA-managed arrangement. One of the first steps it has taken is to order the domestic help and cleaners NOT to use the lift. All day long, several times in a day, they will only use stairs to do back-breaking work.
In the film The Help, a black housekeeper, despite the daily humiliation, asks a white child she’s rearing to repeat, “You is smart, you is important, you is kind.”
There is no difference between our middle class and the one in the US that repeatedly reminded the blacks through force that they ‘owned’ them.