(WARNING: Non-Technical Post!)
I been in Canada now 26 years and have been very fortunate to have met the people and experiences I have had. I honestly can say racism or prejudice where never I a factor for any interaction I had with my friends and colleagues.
However, occasionally in my travels (as I travel for my job), I have been asked the question, “What race are you?”
As per wiki:
A race is a grouping of humans based on shared physical or social qualities into categories generally viewed as distinct by society. The term was first used to refer to speakers of a common language and then to denote national affiliations. (Ref)
I get frustrated with that question because before reading the definition, my answer was, “Human!” I didn’t think of any other answer. Now my answer has grown over the years if I get asked this question, my answer is, “My race is Human. My nationality is Proud Canadian. My ancestry is East India. I practice Hinduism. My personal beliefs most align with Buddhism”.
Maybe I am creating my definition. But really, that feels like a complete answer to me!