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Racism I am tired of racism It is rampant in all forms of society Even here in Canada where racial bias supposedly does not exist It is mostly hidden existing almost exclusively in the minds of a few ignorant Recently however I was victimized so blatantly that I had no choice to become enraged Racism is nothing new to me In the span of my entire life I have been subjected to various forms of this discrimination An Indian child growing up in a predominantly Arab community my daily life was plagued with the disease Being kicked off soccer fields that my friends and I were first to start playing on just to allow Arab children playing time was commonplace Snide remarks by hosts in restaurants about dirty Hindus was the norm It was almost as if contempt for Indians was expected of Arabs Children are taught from their early years to exemplify these traits exhibited by their parents and relatives Even policemen who are expected to be the epitome of indiscrimination are not exempted of the prejudice If a local is responsible for a car accident a few words in Arabic to a policeman is all that is required for the blame to be passed on to the expatriate It is not feasible that an Arab could be remotely responsible for so minor an incident I was constantly in shame of having the brown skin colour trying hard to lose the pigmentation I had been cursed with since birth Numerous tubes of whitening creams and gallons of sunscreen later I was treated no different I was ashamed of being Indian One would expect my fellow Indians to be more sympathetic towards me Yet once again I was an outcast My less than perfect Malayalam caused me to be labeled as a videsi - a foreigner Children up to four years my junior would make fun of my accent as they walked
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