I am Indian American, and it’s 2017. But I still get asked ‘What are you?’
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If the author had posted about real discrimination and other racial issues, I would’ve sympathized with her, but what she thinks is racism is just curiosity. I’m black and I still ask people where they are from. Not because I think you’re some cool zoo animal I’ve never seen before but because I want to know more about that person and their culture.

Imo, being asked that question is a great opportunity to speak about her country with pride and explain it’s culture to them. If more Americans knew more about our cultures and the world outside American borders I honestly believe there would be less racism today. The whole Anti-Muslim fiasco is based on people who don’t know what Islam stands for. Some think it supports violence but it doesn’t. If they had a short and civil conversation with a Muslim person they would understand what their religion really stands for.

So your assertion that we shouldn’t try to learn more about each other is ridiculous.

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