How did it become “Racist” to ask “Where Are You From?”

How is this a “racist” question?

Does your Race dictate your origin? Does origin dictate Race? I think not.

No, it does not.

I’m White and have had thousands of White people ask me this question. Were these White people being racist by asking me this question?

Curious people ask people where they are from if there is something different about that person.

I lived in Thailand for nearly a decade. I was asked ALL of the time…daily….Where are you from? Where are you from? Where are you from? I was called Farang.

Not once was I offended. Not once did I cry in my sleep about it. Not once did I think the person was racist for asking the question. I thought they were curious about me.

I’ve been asked this question by people of all races, many ethnicities, many religions, and many other human categories.

Not one time did I think any of those people were racist for having asked me this question.

I was asked this question in Egypt, England, France, China, Israel, Uzbekistan, Korea, Panama, Germany, Turkey and several other countries by people of various races, religion, circumstances, ethnicities, social status, etc.

Not one time did I believe that they were asking me because they were racist.

In France, for some reason, they, quite often, thought I was Russian. A homeless guy called me a “Muscovite” in what I’m sure he thought was an utterly insulting tone because I smacked his hand off of my girlfriends person as he was trying to reach inside.

I didn’t think he was racist. He did seem to have a thing against Russians.

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