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.