Episode 132 — Where Are You From?
Posted 18 April 2013 - 05:01 AM
Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:52 AM
Still, I would feel awkward watching a whole lot of fools try to act "open-minded" by asking lots of ignorant questions about the person's country of origin.
Posted 18 April 2013 - 12:13 PM
I think this is a very situational thing. There are lots of situations in which asking where someone is from (or about their nationality) is natural and not at all racist, but a lot of situations where it is clearly racist.
Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:22 PM
Caller said he was racially ambiguous. The people asking him the question where are you from was there way of trying to fit him in box, so that could deal with him. There are a few times where this question is not racist, but if you make it the first thing you ask someone, then you are clearly trying to deny another person their humanity and fit them into one of your predefined boxes.
The video clip above with the stand up comic is a perfect illustration of that.