In one of Vanita Gupta’s earliest memories, she is in a McDonald’s in England with her family, being harassed by a group of skinheads. “They were throwing french fries at us and yelling, ‘Go home, Pakis,’” recalls Gupta, whose parents emigrated from India to the United States and then, when she was four, to England. “There was a series of incidents like that that made me acutely aware that my family was always going to be seen as an outsider in a certain way.”

In the four decades since, Gupta has built a career fighting racism and injustice —

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