Which one is it?

by Nothisispatrick on October 13, 2015 - 8:41pm

Which one is it?

In the article “Moncton food truck owner says he faces daily racism” by Alexandra Abdelwahad for Global News posted on August 7, 2014, the author writes about a food truck driver that faces racism in his community often and how he feels about being a target of racism. The author writes about a man named Michael Uberall, the owner of the Checkpoint Germany Food Truck in the Moncton area of New Brunswick. Uberall states that because he doesn’t try to hide his cultural identity and where he’s from, people target and discriminate against him. He sais people tell him to go home to Germany and tell him that he doesn’t speak their language, all while swearing and showing him the finger. It has even gone as far as people labelling him a Nazi. The author mentions that all he’s trying to do his share his culture but he feels as if no body appreciates it. The author also mentions that Uberall’s business Partner is starting to worry that people don’t understand the severity of the situation as racism happens much more often then they think. Both still can’t believe people still act this way.

                  In my opinion, this article is weak as it shows that people often mistake the terms racism and discrimination. In the article the author states that the man is faced with racism, but that’s wrong as racism is when one mistreats one base on skin color or other physical traits (Henry and Tator 2000). What this man is facing isn’t based on his skin color or physical traits, its based on his culture, so this would be discrimination and not racism. Also it is mentioned in the article that the man’s partner sais that she can’t believe that what’s happening is happening as it is 2015. Sounds as if she is saying racism and discrimination is a thing of the past, which it definitely not. Racism was a part of the past but it is still very present in today’s society unfortunately.

Comments

First things first, I decided to make my second Newsactivist comment on this article, mainly because that the subject matter seemed different and unique in comparison to what is usually covered on these posts. This does not necessarily discredit those other posts; far from it. However, I believe that a change of pace is always something that can be beneficial in covering different types of racism. In this response, we find an interesting touch; the author disagrees that racism is coming to play in this german food truck's issues, but rather discrimination. Based on the Henry and Tator definition that the author shares, I believe that the argument that he makes here is fair; in technicality, this is really an issue of discrimination, and not racism. However, I disagree with 'nothisispatrick' that this makes the article simply weak. Yes, the article uses the term is not precise. But does that really make the story that is presented less credible? Not really. At worse, it makes Global News less credible for not using proper terminology, and the facts that are presented here are still damning. It is pretty terrible to see that people are still being judged for sharing cultural values that are different than the typical white american values. Calling him a Nazi is also funny to me; it's like saying to an Italian that he is an extreme fascist and that he should go back to Italy. Just because somebody is from any state that has previously faced a largely oppressive or negative regime does not necessarily make them advocators of it. This type of slander in general was very common during the second World War and the years that followed it; people who emigrated to the allied countries (specifically North America) from the enemy countries were generally seen in negative light from citizens, because they were seen as mainly poor individuals who stole jobs from the people born and raised in America and were attempting to assimilate America into forcing them to adopt their terrible Political ideologies. As a result, this I agree with the business partner's sentiments; the fact that people are still judging people because of their country's political past or because they are simply expressing their cultural pride is silly. It's not necessarily racism, but it's not right either. I'd like to wonder why people still feel so upset when they see other individuals express their cultural pride. Is it because of there is still fear that these different cultures are still being imposed on them?