Monday, December 27, 2010
Those Bloody Foreigners, Illegals and Aliens
Conversation with Ex-Torontonian yesterday.
Me: Where do you live now?
She: St. John's.
Me: Why did you move here?
She: The foreigners took over Toronto.
She: Completely, you wouldn't recognise Cabbagetown (a very ritzy area in TO).
Me: You lived in Cabbagetown?
She: Well, no. But I heard the foreigners took it over with their guns.
Me: What do you mean by foreigners?
Me: What's an illegal?
She: People who have no right to be in our country.
Me: Who says?
She: Me and other real Canadians.
Me: What's a real Canadian?
She: People who are born here like me and you.
Me: I wasn't born here.
Me: I was born in Ireland, so I'm not a real Canadian by your standards.
She: Oh I didn't mean people like you.
Me: People like me?
She: Well you know, people who speak properly and look like the rest of us.
Me: So when you say foreigners you mean people who are visible minorities?
She: That's a fancy way of saying illegals and aliens, isn't it?
Me: Well no, actually. I was thinking of landed emigrants, refugees, Canada's First Nations People and non-whites who were born here.
She: Oh, you mean all those Indian types and natives?
Me: Well technically 'Indian' is a misnomer. They were in this country first and the white Europeans stole it from them.
She: Good job too. They were savages. Like the illegals.
Me: Excuse me. I must leave you now.