It is true that passive racism still exists mostly in white populated countries. Racism itself is a western term brought to the world by the west itself.
I was surprised to see the truth about how some countries brandish diversity. I am an Indian student, been studying at the Hertfordshire university (UK) for about four years now. But is it diverse if students prefer hanging out in groups of their own culture or nationality? Moreover, what on earth is a British Asian or a White British or a Black British?
In India, there are people of different skin colours. In northeast India, there are people with similar features to that of a Chinese (China being a country next to India). But we still call them Indians, just Indians. Back in Mumbai (India) I never thought of race, maybe that’s how I was influenced. However, a year before leaving for Britain, I was taught about racism in awareness of the Manchester shooting of an Indian student. Nevertheless, I thought that people would learn from their mistakes. Apparently, not all do.
Fake coughing (which is easily distinguishable) or slipping stereotypes in conversation are just low and cowardly forms of racism. It is mostly done by the older population. On one hand, I could just tell my friends in India that a lot of older people here suffer from a chronic disease and that one should be aware and always put a cloth over their mouth when speaking to them. After all, one should know that as an Indian student in the UK, I take back with me, along with my education, my experience… and possible stereotypes that cook up in my head based on my experience here.
Thankfully, no one has told me to go back to my country yet, because that would be mighty hilarious and the best joke I could talk about for ages to come.
This is because, firstly, British universities come to India asking for Indian students to join every year. Secondly, whenever the number of Indian students coming to the UK drop per any given year, the British government tends to get grouchy. Thirdly, we don’t make a fuss over paying fees much more than that of a British student.
If after all this, an Indian or any international student has to go through racism or racial stereotypes, I would feel like I was being surrounded by bozos, and it would easily boost my self-esteem.