"While watching TV footage of the recent ‘race riots’ in the US, I actually recognised one of the many African-American protesters being arrested. The footage was from a protest in Washington DC and the person I recognised was one Ahmad M. Farooq. I had met him in the summer of 2018 in DC when he approached me after a talk I had delivered at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, where I was stationed as a Research Fellow.
After the talk, Ahmad invited me for coffee at his home. All I knew about him was that he lived in Virginia and was a retired college professor. A week later, while visiting the area for something entirely different, I decided to visit Ahmad. We met at a bar just behind his office and had lunch there. Ahmad told me he had read my first book."
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