Far too many people out there buy into the hype that white people simply don’t like brown people. It’s not difficult to see why. At every turn, opposition to some prominent minority is sloughed off as racism. It then comes as a shock to learn that it’s simply not as pervasive as it’s presented. A college student from Canada decided to don traditional Muslim garb to see just how racist people at her university are. She was taken aback at the fact that, not only wasn’t she treated disparately, she was treated nicer.
(DailyMail) — A Canadian college student recently conducted a social experiment to see if people treated her differently if she wore a hijab – a traditional Muslim veil that covers a woman’s head and chest – and what she discovered was a bit unexpected.
According to [Anisa] Rawhani – who conducted the experiment to see if people in her community were racist towards minority groups – she noticed that people actually treated her more kindly and with more respect than when she didn’t wear the hijab.
Rawhani, who is not Muslim, wrote about her experience wearing traditional Muslim clothing in the March edition of the Queen’s Journal, where she works as a copy editor – the article is titled ‘Overt to Covert.’
‘At first I thought I was just imagining things. There’s no way this is actually happening,’ Rawhani told the Whig.com.
‘I went with my hijab and people were very nice, people were polite, parents would shake my hand, so the experience was all across the board in Kingston.’
In some cases, she says, she would go out with friends who weren’t wearing any identifying religious symbols and she was treated much nicer than they were.
‘There was this excess (of niceness) that I would experience that I couldn’t account for,’ she said. ‘Like really going the extra mile like smiling broadly and being so so polite, which I’ve never experienced before. It was a stark contrast that was going on that threw me for a loop.’
Rawhani attempts to rationalize this kindness away as racists not wanting to blow their cover. But I’m inclined to believe that people avoid those they don’t like, or employ a civil politeness.