The ‘fax of racism

The Coast - - THIS WEEK - — Fidel Ha­d­uca, Hal­i­fax

Dear Haligo­ni­ans: Please. Stop. Be­ing. Racist.

Do you know how ter­ri­ble it feels to have some­one ask you “So where are you re­ally from?” when you were born in Canada? My par­ents were born in the Philip­pines and moved here 30 years ago. I am a 29-yearold proud Filipino-Cana­dian who moved to Hal­i­fax from a mul­ti­cul­tural city (Toronto), and Hal­i­fax has made me feel “dif­fer­ent” to the point where some­one ac­tu­ally spoke down to me ex­pect­ing me to not un­der­stand English. When are peo­ple in this small town go­ing to re­al­ize their racist ten­den­cies?

There are proper ways to ask about some­one’s race or cul­ture. For ex­am­ple, in­stead of “Where are you from?” might I sug­gest that you ask, “What is your eth­nic­ity or back­ground?” Please, un­der no cir­cum­stances should you make any as­sump­tions about me or any­one else’s race. Even if you think you are com­pli­ment­ing a coloured per­son for their look, you might very well be of­fend­ing them. Be mind­ful of your bi­ases and do your part to make Hal­i­fax more in­clu­sive and wel­com­ing to all.

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