the title is borrowed from this book precisely. I was thinking what would the real question would be if instead of giving the patients a form, one would have a face to face conversation with the patient in order to capture the information they are apparently after. Would they ask: What is the colour of your skin? Is your colour of your skin a mixture of other colours? If you are white — white shade of white? If your parents are the same colour of like you, and you were born in the UK while they were born abroad, how do you identify yourself? Is the ethnicity that of your parents or that of the country where you were born and feel you belong? What takes precedence, skin colour or ancestors?
I thought they could equally ask “What colour is your parachute?” :)