What race are you?

(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:

race is a grouping of humans based on shared physical or social qualities into categories generally viewed as distinct by society.[1] 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!

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