The ‘fax of racism
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.