Have you ever asked someone with a foreign accent or an exotic look what country they are from?
Stop it right now.
Seems to be a racist microaggression.
Last week, the internal newsletter of UQAM published the results of a survey conducted by a doctoral student in sociology on “the construction of the social experience among young Quebec adults of the second generation from sub-Saharan African immigration. (Cameroon, Congo, Rwanda and Burundi) ”.
The researcher, Bénédict Nguiagaina, interviewed around twenty Montrealers aged 18 to 33 to better understand why they do not define themselves as Quebecers.
One of the reasons given? Too often we ask them where they come from.
“It is as if it was impossible for Quebecers to conceive that a black person was born in Quebec,” said the researcher. For Ms. Nguiagaina, this explains
why many “racialized” young people feel more comfortable in Anglophone than Francophone environments.
Because anglophones in Montreal would be more open.
“Anglophones make more of an effort to pronounce family names correctly, even if it means asking the person’s name a second time, while most Francophones will not make this effort. They’ll slaughter the name or just say madam or sir.
“For Anglophones, people from visible minorities are not always foreigners. “
A CLOSING SIGN? REALLY ?
Francophones massacre foreign surnames while Anglophones make an effort to pronounce them well …
Uh, I’m sorry but … that’s not an amalgamation, is that? A generalization? Not to say an anti-Quebec stereotype?
Putting all blacks (or all Jews or all Asians) in the same basket is discriminatory, but putting all French-speaking Quebecers in the same basket, is it correct?
Another remark: could it be that asking a person where they come from is not a sign of closure, but on the contrary, a proof of curiosity, of interest in others?
I don’t know how many times I have used this phrase to strike up a conversation with someone.
Not to verify if the person was “a good and a true Quebecer”! Just to start the discussion.
“I notice you have an accent, where are you from?” From Syria?
– No, from Lebanon.
– Oh my, things are bad in your home country, right? Do you still have family there? Are things getting better? “
There you have it, the ice is broken, and the link is established.
If you only knew all the exciting discussions I had thanks to this sentence!
SEE RACISM EVERYWHERE
Yes, it happened to me that the person answered me: “I was born in Quebec …” So what? I laugh, I apologize and we move on to another subject …
Should we call the Human Rights Commission every time a French-speaking white Quebecer asks this question?
By dint of seeing racism everywhere, we end up trivializing real racism.
Don’t you think white people who have a French accent don’t get asked where they’re from?