Unfortunately, Racism Is Alive And Well In Toronto
The other night I was out at a great restaurant located in North York for my friend’s going away party. My night was ruined by the most racist experience I have ever had.
I decided to walk out onto the patio in the middle of the night to see if anyone I knew was out there. I looked around when I got out and saw a couple people sitting at the edge of the patio. One of the people, a young lady, shouted out to me, “Heil Hitler!”
I looked at her in utter shock. My brain just didn’t compute that anybody in Toronto in 2011 would have the audacity and lack of sense to say something like that.
After about 5 awkward seconds, she opened her mouth – aka stupid hole – and said, “German?”
I finally found my voice and said – still absolutely not comprehending the situation fully, “No. Jewish.”
I expected her friends/the people she was with to start apologizing profusely. I expected someone on the patio (which, to be fair, was mostly empty) to say something. Nobody said a word.
I expected her to start expressing massive amounts of regret for the disgusting display of racism and antisemitism for which realistically there is ZERO EXCUSE. But she didn’t. She pointed to one of the guys standing outside the patio and either said that he told her to say it or he was Jewish and that therefore made it OK. (It didn’t.)
I continued staring at her for another few minutes and told her that was an epic fail. She told me epic was a big word. I continued staring at her for another minute and then went inside.
I was just so astounded at the whole situation and it just goes to show you how close we are – even in an enlightened, Western country like Canada in the 21st Century – to hate without reason and racism. I refuse to believe she didn’t know what she was saying when she said her hateful comment. There is no excuse to say something like that, ever.
Let’s all be aware of people out there like that and not let this hate propagate.