I did a bit of thinking and observing since I couldn’t find a good link to watch Thor. I am Sri Lankan and there is a racist term for people like us South Asians (i.e. India and … whoever. Sorry, I failed Geography). “Paki.” This term originated over 30 years ago when “British hooligans used the term Paki-bashing to refer to the gang beating of ethnic minorities (Dictionary.com)”. It’s used to refer to us all South Asians, but it just doesn’t make sense because only one country has Paki people. It’s called Pakistan. And by the way, the correct term for people who live in Pakistan is Pakistani. SCHOOLED.
I’m one to be easily offended by (even if Tamil people use) such words as “punnani” and “pundai”. Anyone who says that… I usually shoot them with a bazooka in my mind over and over and over and over… So when anyone uses the word “paki” to refer to us South Asians, you can imagine how much worse that can get in my mind. I haven’t encountered such racist comments in a very long time, but if I did, I really don’t know how I will react.
Bad enough, Tamil people have a very funky racist term for East Asians: “chaputai” (according to my mom). That’s right. So for those Asians who are friends with Tamil people, listen carefully. While “paki” generalizes all of South Asian (us brown folks), “chaputai” generalizes all o’ y’all East Asian folks. Do you know what it refers to specifically? The stereotypical flat nose. Yeah. Now you know. To all the people who use that term and try to get away with it and your friend ain’t happy, you’re busted. And to those who just ADORE stereotyping: no, not all East Asians have flat noses. I have enough East Asian friends to prove that.
Here is another term that bothers me. “Nigga.” It’s said to be a derogative term derived from “nigger” and is usually offensive towards Black people. Some are cool with it. If a Black person uses the word, it’s usually not considered racist (from what I have witnessed). But is anyone else bothered by non-Black people calling other non-Black people “nigga” freely? It just seems so… odd. Am I missing something?
I have witnessed the misuse of these words in person and on social networks and it really appalls me that people are so ignorant that they think it’s okay to use them. Like, really: a) wrong race, folks; and b) don’t use them anyway. Someone will find it offensive, and you just look ridiculous. If I’m incorrect about a fact, please inform me of what it is I messed up on, but other than that, I’m done here for now.
Love & Good Vibes,