I'm Hungarian and Finnish, my brother is Hungarian and Italian, my sister is Finnish and Chinese. I grew up in a Jewish neighbourhood, one of my best friends was Black South African and Japanese, my closest childhood friends were white, Black, Muslim, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Greek, Italian, Native American, Irish, Scottish, you name it.
As a child some of my first female role models included an amazing African girl named Akweyo, who was good friends with my brother and lived across the street from us and Korean twins that were beyond cool in my eyes and were incredible athletes. I saw role models, never really noticed or concerned myself with differences in our features.
My husband is French and German and I have Jewish extended family through a marriage and I have more Chinese relatives from
another recent wedding ceremony too.
My condo is in a beautiful Muslim area next to one of the most affluent districts built by the hard work of Canadians of diverse ethnicities and there is a gorgeous huge mosque at the end of our street. In my area I am the minority and I'm always treated with respect just as I treat others. You get what you give so why not cut the lies and insanity through actual human interaction?
Was I ever taught inequality? No. I learned various cultures and beliefs and how amazing each was through my upbringing and from the society around me. My high school was made up of 2500 kids right in the centre of the city as diverse as the world itself and we were friends with whomever we connected with and there were no boundaries. It was a human family of sorts. I grew up with multiple cultures, met diverse parents from kindergarten on, tried great new cuisine, learned the beauty of religions and learned we are all spirits underneath the flesh.
I've seen racism but there was always a bigger crowd who'd stand up against it- the majority here in Toronto just doesn't buy the bill of goods. No, not on my watch! Being taught to fear your fellow man is exactly that, TAUGHT.
Growing up in Toronto, inequality was never personally taught to me and I'm thankful for that. I love Toronto and Canada and I feel it leans towards the future of the type of human family this world needs.
How do we change racism? We don't teach it and enlighten others when we see it and call out the few that fuel it's fires and expose them. This world has so many real issues, surely we need a stronger bonded human family to deal with them effectively.