"They wanted a translator who was a woman, young, activist, and preferably Black... So to translate Homer better to be from VII b.c. Greece," commented Victor Obiols, translator of Homer and Shakespeare into Catalan, when turned away as translator for Amanda Gorman's stellar poem made famous at the Biden inauguration. It reminds me of when I was told no for a French<>English job because they'd found a "native speaker." Could that person interpret? Who knows?