As you can probably tell by the name i am from foreign descent.
Well to be honest im Pakistani.
I am in England studying whilst staying at relatives.
I am in the town with a cousin and someone shouted Paki at me... i waved and shouted thank you .. big mistake ...... the person who shouted at me suddenly went mad .. swearing and calling .... my cousin was even worse calling them racists as well as swearing at them as well as me...
VERY CONFUSED !!
When i have been to different countries i am a Paki ( Short for Pakistan ) . The country before i came here was Australia , in the news it refers to the Pakistani cricket team as " The Pakis "
Am i offended ? No , for a number of reasons
In my language " Paki " means beautiful
Pakistan or Pakistanis are not a race ... Negros, Caucasians, Latinos, Asians, Arabs.....these are races
Surely for something to deemed "racist" has to be linked to the route word "race"
Why apologise for using abbreviated words such as "Paki" for Pakistani? According to dictionaries online (in this case - the Merriam-Webster Dictionary).....racist is termed as.....
- "Racial prejudice or discrimination"
How is calling someone "beautiful" in their own language being prejudiced or discriminatory?
It further confuses me when i hear other terms in the media as well as daily life such as Afghans, Ruskis, Serbs , Croats, Poles, Scots ... which are acceptable.
I have come to my own conclusion that it is British Pakistanis which deem this offensive as well as governments ,media and people trying to look cool because they are diverse.....
England has a lot going for it but sometimes she loves to shoot herself in the foot.
A bit long winded i know. Just something i find weird.