Is presently short for 'the reproduction rate'.
It is a term applied to the Covid virus,
though other viruses might like their own census.
But I would like 'The R rate' to refer
to how racist different countries are,
with defined units of measurement
based on what one country's citizens
would do to another, hinted at,
but never asked directly,
in the name of schadenfraude
on behalf of their own country.
Surprise surprise, the research has been done
with the unit measurement provided by
proposals tabled or passed by the United Nations,
and forty page report (that's short!) produced about it.
Here it is for you to mark, read, and inwardly digest,
indigestible as any proper account of racism should be.