One thing I’ve been thinking about lately is how annoying it is when people ask if I’m a vegetarian, or if my parents are. In the grand scheme of things it’s a fairly harmless question and doesn’t contribute to any terrible stereotypes (that I can think of, but feel free to correct) so I’m not gonna call it offensive. But I always wonder if they would ask me that if I were white.
Especially since it just shows a lack of awareness. I’m Sikh, not Hindu, and I’m not baptized, so I don’t abide by vegetarianism. Many Sikhs who are baptized still eat meat. My mom said it’s not even banned in our Holy Book, technically. Which I wouldn’t expect the average person to know, which is why I don’t think it’s offensive.
But, once again, if I were white – would a stranger ask me that question? I just don’t think so.