Black Girl Gets Attacked With Prejudiced Racial Slurs In Vancouver, “Back To Your Country”
As I got into my car, this lady tapped on my window (twice because I didn’t open my window the first time) then when I finally rolled down my window she asked me “where are you from?”. I replied “Vancouver”, since this is where I was born and raised. My answer didn’t satisfy her however and she continued to probe to find out what country I’m from. When I told her that I’m of Jamaican and South African decent her reply was “and you’re that black?”.
At first I was angry and rolled my window up. I was about to leave but I realized that she wasn’t finished with her racist remarks that were directed at me and my black skin. This is when I rolled my window down again and well… the video I took of her speaks for itself.
It happened in the middle of the day, on Broadway and Ontario to be exact. I almost didn’t want to post this but I realize that I do have a civic responsibility to speak up when there are injustices in our community.
At this point though, I cant even say that im angry anymore. As much as I would like to pretend that I am strong and that these comments don’t affect me, they do and im sad. It makes me sad that at the start of a new year when many people are most optimistic about what is in store for them, there are just as many who feel obligated and entitled to tell others that they don’t belong. I really do make an effort to avoid conflict but unfortunately, the colour of my skin makes me a target for verbal abuse and racism.