I'm Not White?! (Bari, Italy)
As a person of colour, I often get mistaken for many nationalities. I don't mind. It's just human ignorance and the nature of the beast. However, when someone says directly to my face, "You're not Canadian. You're not white." I do take offense. Grave offense. I'm more than offended. I want to wash the person's mouth out with soap and tar, and smack my purse against their face, and give them an educational history lesson on the development and growth of all former European colonies. That's how offended I am.
At the Immigration Department in Bari, a government official who processes all applications regarding residency, immigration, etc. declared, "Oh, you can't be Canadian, you're not white!" Gee, you think I didn't look in the mirror this morning and didn't notice that I wasn't white??!
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