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The first time I was called a Paki...

Yes folks, that grand moment in my life I knew was going to come at some point in my life as long as I lived in the UK, I was called a '[email protected]#king paki'. I should note for those who do not understand the problem, that in the UK the word 'Paki' for the asian community (as in Pakistani/Indian) is like the N word for black people.
I was walking home from the train station when I heard a shout from a car I saw up ahead (highly doubt it was a shout to me then). I then looked as I was passing when I caught the glimpse of a baldish white guy, I then looked straight ahead and carried on walking when I heard pretty clearly '[email protected]#ing Paki', I said nothing and just carried on walking.
A number of thoughts went through my mind as I headed towards home, stuff like why didn't I acknowledge what he said to me and then proceed to beat the living sh)t out of him, however I already knew I did the 'right thing'. It then occured to me that this has never happened to me before, at least not so blatantly, like the time when I was talking to the manager of a store to see if I could get a job, she said to me 'would you go home for christmas?', I was pretty confused and just said 'what?', then she looked at me like I was an idiot and said,'well many people go home for christmas'. I was born/raised in london, my british accent proves that and yes I know she could have just ment my family's country of origin (since I'm not white) and that I was being alittle oversensitive, but I still didn't like that assumption.
The area that I live in does have a very big asian community and that is probably why he would think I was from Pakistan, but obviously the intent was clear. I was pretty upset about it, but I know this happens alot and theres not much else I could do about it. I'm not upset that I feel 'I'm not one of them', because I knew that from a looong time ago, but the fact it was said so clearly came as alittle shocking I guess.
Oh well, on with my life eh?
(Is still proud to be British :))

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I am sorry to hear about your experience. Unfortunately there are small minded people everywhere, so I think your approach is indeed the best. Hang in there!
 
Ouch! That's to be expected in the states but I never knew the UK was racist. Hey but what can you do? You did nothing to him. I've never been called the N word.So yeah, on with your life.
 

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