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January 29th, 2009


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09:45 pm - Maybe I SHOULD Go Back to My Country
Is it racism week or something? No, seriously, is it racism week? Because five days after this WTFery, I'm hit with an even bigger bit of WTFery.

A friend's Facebook status complains about T-Mobile customer service, and the first comment makes reference to the Indians who are always on the other end of the line. The tone of the statement pings me, but the sentiment itself is not really offensive since we're all well aware that customer service is outsourced to India and sometimes the rep's English isn't very good; it's a common joke. Then, however, the guy starts talking about Bollywood's "synchronized dancing" and how it should be an Olympic sport...with gold medals for hitting the dot. This is more over the line, but the guy at least recognizes it. This is all simply the setup; if it had ended here, I would have just rolled my eyes and gone on with my life.

I ignore all those comments and respond to my friend directly: "I've had good experiences with T-Mobile customer service. They have nice humans over there." For those of you not on Facebook, I note that, unless you modify your privacy settings, your picture displays next to any comment you make.

A few minutes later, someone says this:
<--- i looking as Sunil Patel picture and wondering..."is he having an accent"? (and hopping has a sence of humor and is not pacastanie :P)
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I know that I am very lucky to be able to say that this is quite possibly the most offensive thing that has ever been said to me.

"Are you going back to your country?" is well-intentioned ignorance. "Is he having an accent?" is...I don't even have any words. (Really, I don't. My initial response to the comment is a simple "*headTARDIS*") Only my friends get to make racist jokes about me, and even they know better.

miniglik cooked up a better response for me to post:
Sunil Patel is having a sence of humor, but that is no funny.
I am just aghast that someone can simply look at my picture and see my funny name and decide that I'm Not From Around Here. I have rarely felt self-conscious about being Indian. I have no problems posting pictures of myself on LJ; I have an icon of myself. I have never once worried that someone might treat me differently online because I'm Indian.

And until this week, where I was hit with two encounters in six days, I've never felt like I didn't fucking belong in this country. That I was unwanted.

Again, I know I'm lucky that I don't encounter racism on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis. Besides these two incidents, I can only think of two major times in recent years that I've felt antagonized for being Indian. So it's a shock to the system that I'm not as immune as I thought. It's very eye-opening, and it reminds me that we still have a ways to go.

Which really annoys me because I liked living in my fantasy world where racism wasn't an issue.

ETA: He apologized.
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From:cadhla
Date:January 30th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
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I have sticks. You want to borrow them?

(Seriously, sweetie, I'm sorry. I hate that humans can be that dumb.)
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From:punzerel
Date:January 30th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
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Urgh :( The world is full of idiots, and a lot of them are on Facebook. I'm sorry. *hugs*
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From:truemyth
Date:January 30th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
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Sorry people suck sometimes. And are lazy typists as well. The sense of humor crack is the same things girls get from guys who are just being funny about how much they want to "bone" them or speculate aloud about various sex-acts. If you are really being funny (even in your own little head), then you do NOT need to append a "naw, I'm kidding..." to the end of a statement. Once you do that, you have admitted you know a line of decency was crossed and that others may be legitimately offended. Craziness.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 30th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
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It's interesting how racism and sexism are so similar. All the freaking -isms!
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From:shamoogity
Date:January 30th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
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WOW. That makes me so angry. At least that guy's the one who looks foolish and old-fashioned.
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From:minim_calibre
Date:January 30th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
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...

Dude.

Wow. FAILURE. FAILURE. FACEBOOK FAILURE.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 30th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
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DOES NOT COMPUTE.

SYSTEM SHUTDOWN.
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From:electricmonk
Date:January 30th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
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Oh, yuck. When I'm queen of America, we're keeping you and kicking out the dipsticks like that. (Although maybe he/she is elsewhere, since I hope to god that's not a native's attempt at English...)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 30th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
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That guy's a born-and-bred American.
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From:jeremytblack
Date:January 30th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
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Hey, I recognize that voice on facebook.... It's Prince William, isn't it?

Question: Since you're from this country, what country will you go back to?

And no, Antarctica is not a country.
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From:apriljoiex
Date:January 30th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
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People are dumb. On behalf of the human race, I apologize. Also, this is your country and you are not allowed leave, no matter how stupid people are...and they are very very stupid.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:January 30th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
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What the fucking fuck? Seriously.

I read that, and instead of some stereotypic racist generic subcontinent accent, all I heard was some undereducated Chav - which wasn't helped by the commenters atrocious spelling.

Plus, we all know that you only win medals in Synchronised Bhangara Dancing if you can change 12 lightbulbs and pat at least 20 dogs.
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From:pandarus
Date:January 30th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
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Holy Mother of What the Fucking FUCK????

Babe, I have no words. Well, except for the above ones.

Mostly I have a sort of very British HULK SMASH response. Only involving a large sparkly handbag, rather than a mighty green fist.
From:ex_fashioni
Date:January 30th, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
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*points up*

What she said. Except insert very Cuban HULK SMASH response and involving a baseball bat.
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From:catatonia00
Date:January 30th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
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The Douche is lucky that you don't have a Texan accent to go with the counter serving of his WTFery.

Let's give him the booby prize for his snark, shall we? You, on the other hand, deserve many boobies as prizes.
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From:rowanceleste
Date:January 30th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
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Maybe I SHOULD Go Back to My Country


If you 'go back to your country', they'll make fun of your accent and wonder if you're Texas or something!

I think as a country, we've progressed very far...some individuals? Not so much.

Realistically, if someone posted, 'Is he having an accent?', my first question would be whether English was his first language or if he just graduated through Bush's 'No Child Left Behind' program?

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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 30th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
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I think as a country, we've progressed very far...some individuals? Not so much.
Yeah, that's a good way of putting it.
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From:paraleipsis
Date:January 30th, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)
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Jesus fuck, what an asshat. That pisses me off so much. I'm sorry it's racism week.
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From:bspalek
Date:January 30th, 2009 08:27 am (UTC)
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What a putz. People are lame.
From:wee_warrior
Date:January 30th, 2009 10:13 am (UTC)
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Oh, wth. Sorry this happened to you. What a jerk!
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From:sneaker328
Date:January 30th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
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Can't talk. Too busy swearing like a sailor.
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From:lareinenoire
Date:January 30th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
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This is one of those moments when I wish Facebook had a 'hit X with lead pipe' application. That's an awful thing to happen to you.
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From:harper47
Date:January 30th, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)
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Keep living in your fantasy world Sunil and try to ignore the rampant idiots that sadly infest the planet. I'm sorry you've had to deal with this. People are so malajusted sometimes.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 30th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
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I like my fantasy world. It's safe.
From:sainfoin_fields
Date:January 30th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
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...But what is a pacastanie?????
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 30th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
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It took me a couple minutes to figure out he meant "Pakistani."
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From:sdwolfpup
Date:January 30th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
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UGH. I'm sorry the racist asshattery as been so strong this week.
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From:dachelle
Date:January 30th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
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That is just ridiculous. And so incredibly poorly spelled and gramatically incorrect. It's offensive on multiple levels!

Anyway, *hugs* I'm so sorry you've had to deal with so much ignorance lately.
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From:anne_jumps
Date:January 30th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
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It's offensive on multiple levels!

I was just thinking that. Ugh.
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From:mrbroom
Date:January 30th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
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Huh. Just yesterday one of my friends remarked in his status that he had de-friended someone for making overtly racist statements on Facebook, to which one of his friends replied she'd done something similar this week.

I think it is racism week.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 30th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
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Ha! Geez.

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