Do you know someone that denies their race or nationality and how do you feel about it?
No, I don't know anyone who does, but if I did I'm sure I would feel very surprised. I've never known anyone who expressed shame over their race or nationality. Hopefully, no one feels that way.
I've met a lot of people who don't want to admit they are Hispanic, even when it's obvious they are. They'll answer you in English when you ask them questions in Spanish and when you ask them where they're from, they'll name a state like Pennsylvania in a thick accent. When you explain to them you meant "originally", they'll say, I just told you, Pennsylvania. lol
I think they've gone through a lot of discrimination in their lives, their work, people saying, "Speak English when you're here", so I can understand why they'd feel pressure to mask their identities, when their own language is being shut off. But it's still a shame. If you can't have pride in your own native land, how can you be proud of anything about yourself?
I do and it's very disturbing and maddening because you see that conflict within themselves.When the one "passing" was asked what she was her response was,"I don't know what I am". The saddest thing to see is one pretending do be something that they're not and then not being successful at it. It is already apparent that being who they are isn't sufficient to that person. In them trying to blend in or be a race they are not it was proven they didn't understand the race they were trying to be and when called on it they became belligerent. I had to remove myself from the person even though we started out amiable. I couldn't bare to watch or be associated with them anymore.
I think that is far too personal a choice for me or anyone else to interfere with. Unless it were my direct family, parents or children, I would keep my nose out of it unless asked.
Are you fully aware of your own race and nationality or do you think your are exempt from race and nation.
I was born Canadian (eh) and although I am still a pround Canadian (eh) banished to a foreign country I deny my race all the time; I'm so tired of always saying "eh" at the end of my sentences that I no longer grant an "eh" in my college classes to any students. I have developed a new scale that ranges from B to F and an F with an extra line (Fi). I am so embarassed that although we came up with the original idea of basketball (Nesbitt) we were to limited in... to understand that a hole at the bottom of the basket would be ideal. Lastly we are an overly-aggressive lot and the United States should be aware that we have amassed most of our population within 100 miles of the United States border. i am so embarassed about this...
I have lived in Australia since 1984, having come here from a non-english speaking country at the age of 13. I feel very Australian and am actually in the process of applying for Australian Citizenship so I can truly call myself Australian. I really don't associate myself much with my country of birth and am actually thinking of renouncing my citizenship there once I officially become Australian.
I don't hate my country of birth and the reason I want to renounce my citizenship is because I don't feel I should have to answer to them when I get married, divorced or have a child. I never go there and don't intend to live there again ever.
People who deny their nationality do so for many reasons, not necessarily because they're ashamed or have suffered discrimination. Often it has to do with reasons back in their country of birth.
Isn't it funny though that when people don't embrace their new country, they are told to 'go home if you don't like it' and yet when they do embrace it they are also judged and criticised.
It's sad but obviously something is deeply wrong with that person to go that far. I'm a beautiful black woman and i'm very proud of it. I don't hide it rather i embrace it. Each nationality has rich culture and history that I think each person should take time to explore. Then maybe we can understand how other people think.
People deny their ethnicity or nationality sometimes due to discrimination, bullying or even a personal reason. It's their business to do this, because--for one thing--what kind of question is it when one demands to know someone else's ethnic background and why does it matter so much? We can see that they are human, so what criteria will we use to judge them once they admit they are X, Y or Z? Will we then say, "Aha! I knew you were like A, B and C because you are Y!"
Rroma people, for example, have integrated into other cultures and denied their ethnicities due to extreme prejudice and discrimination. In this way many Rroma ancestors blended in with other societies, including the U.S., changing their names and pretending to be of another background. This way they could get jobs and support their families easier.
"I am human!"
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