Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Now wot's being said ere then matie?

Prince Harry 'Paki' row: Prince facing Army discipline over 'sickening' comments

Now i don't usually do Politics but this one has touch a cord with all i am seeing at the moment is 'its ok'', ''it was not meant with malice'' ''Asians use this term between themselves'' Well i for one don't know any that do,if i did ever come accross it over my life time i was sure to put them right. why am i getting on my high horse when i am from India? Well it never mattered throughout my life in the UK in the sense the racist never difentiated they all tarred us Paki and i used to think silly people can't even get the country right and they are supossed to be better?, I remember the thick of it in the early 80's when i was just a little girl. Actually it was my first awaking of the word 'paki', this is why i will never support its use among Asians , non Asians and a member of the royal family that represent multi cultural Brittan.
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It was one sunny day in July or August around 6pm in the early 1980's. There was a group of us about 3 Aunties, mum and about 6 kids we were coming back from social event as i recall we were all dressed up , mum in a sari and all colourful and shiny. As we turned into our road there were two boys , they could not been more than 14yrs old. started calling us 'paki' and 'pakis' go back home you smelly pakis'. I could sense the fear in the aunties eyes while they told us to keep together and quicken our pace. Then a brick comes flying over narrowly missing my mum. All in the name of 'paki', then a car Aeriel comes flying over hitting me on my head all in the name of 'paki' One of the aunts shouts out in a heavy Asian accent F... off you B..... and we make a run for it.

Now just after the Sept 11th attacts in the US i was really racially verbally abused heavily pregnat at 8 1/2months by a white man part of the abuse was pakis f... off back home, well for his information i am at home, again silly man, has he no education, does he not know Britian is multi cultural? That I am British? I don't hold duel nationality? so where do you want me to go? I have actually spent more time in Algeria than India anyhow besides the point.
This word when i have encountered it is always used as a racist term, so how can it not be suddenly?

Now you tell me this term is not racist? I remember thinking i would mind but iam not even Pakistani but that's the cowards way out...............they don't care we all the same to then racist , bad mannered , igront persons. You telling me people happily use the term paki and don't see it as racist. It used to say painted on the walls through out my childhood ''paki's out' we have now 2009 since come a long way in this field here in Great Britain or have we?

See for your self, i know there are more things happening in the world where i wish to focus my energies but this one i had to speak out.


Umm Hibaat said...

Assalaamu Alaykum,

That's a horrible thing to experience. I've never experienced anything as severe as that Alhamdulillah. But I've never liked the use of the word. It always reminds me of little kids calling us names at the park, etc. It's thrown about quite casually these days! But yes, there is so much ignorance around really. I remember something graffiti-ed on a wall in Southall(!) that read: "All Pakis go back to India"!!!

jana z. said...

you know i truly appreciate you writing that sis! i had no idea that paki was a derogatory term since that has not been one of "our" issues in the u.s.a.
thanks for enlightening me to this because i have been guilty of using it, not in a bad way, just the same as if i were saying canadian or british. i wont say it again.

Adventurous Ammena said...

salam sis... i have to say this isnt the first time hes done this and Im not surprised in the slightest. As for the term.. Ive never really liked it, the venom people say it with thats the racist part of it. Spending those 4 years in Bradford I have to say it was used all the time between the pakistanis in the area.. but that isnt a reason, blacks say the n word to each other.. but I would never dream of using it!! what makes 'paki' more acceptable?

Rainbow In The Grey Sky said...

aslamu alakum jana
i feel the racism is more hidden rather than in your face as in the US, this term makes me feel sad and hurt, i remember when my English white friend became Muslim and wore hijab and got racist abuse ''paki'' this and 'paki that' go back home, well she spoke up and said you silly idiots iam English don't you see? Are you so thick? She left them gob smacked and moved on.

I remember getting comments like '' oh your ok but its them pakis.''

I used to think hang on what's this all about, racism is generally more covert here in the UK unless NF type attacks the right wing racist.

Homeschooling Muslimah said...

wa Aleykum assalyam wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuh,

Do not forget ohti that you are paying your tax that this racist prince is going to live his luxury life!!! And all of this ppl are write we have to go to live in muslim land - kaafir land is not for us. Hijrah is obligatory upon every muslim. Allahu Akbar. And no matter how hard it is for us there still no one will say to us go back home you such and such. People are ignorant in muslim land - that is why we have to go to them and educate them. I will rather educate my muslim sister rather than been obused by this filthy kufaar. I have been verbally and physically obused in UK and many time in Australia - I know what you are talking about... SubhanAllah they calls us names, they obuse our religion, laugh at our God and we still are tollerant. Amazing....

Umm Salihah said...

Assalam-laikam Sister,
I am glad that you posted. I wasn't as upset by Harry's comments (I suppose he just takes after his granddad) as by all the people who thought it was okay to behave this way.

I have noticed racism increasing in the last few years (hand-in-hand with Islamophobia). It seems its easy to make these comments when you haven't been at the receiving end of the nastiness whether in the 70's and 80's (and earlier) or post 9/11.

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