Tourist says she’s ap­palled by women’s turn of phrase

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7DAYS -

Lately, Dubai has been one of my favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions be­cause of its di­verse cul­ture, grow­ing econ­omy and favourable en­vi­ron­ment. How­ever, lit­tle did I know that some few ig­no­rant peo­ple here ei­ther still live in the past or are in their own imag­i­na­tive world to even think of us­ing the “N” word in pub­lic. My kids and I de­cided on Wed­nes­day to spend our day at Deira City Cen­tre win­dow shop­ping, have lunch and watch Cap­tain Amer­ica. Just a few min­utes be­fore the movie started, while in­side the ladies’ toi­let, I heard a woman talk­ing to my 4 year old son whom I had left at the sink to watch over his younger sib­ling. She was say­ing “hi was­sup nigga/nig­ger” or “was it ma nigga”. I rushed where I had left him be­cause I could not be­lieve my ears! I am sure that was the first time he heard it. More­over, my eyes were more shocked than my ears be­cause th­ese two women were young, spoke good English mean­ing they are ed­u­cated and sup­posed to be the face of the mod­ern youth/woman. When I asked why they called my son the N word. One was boast­ing around how its nor­mally said. Her friend seemed quiet, in­tel­li­gent, con­sid­er­ate, re­morse­ful, sen­si­ble, well in­formed and tried to ex­plain to her but seemed like she wasnt ei­ther get­ting it or back­ing down. I fi­nally smiled sar­cas­ti­cally and told the lady who spoilt my day that it wasn’t a nice word. In this global vil­lage, it is our col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­lighten when­ever such an op­por­tu­nity arises. Shocked tourist Dubai

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