to put it into perspective as to why it can be offensive to ask a poc their ethnicity: white people hardly ever ask other white people ‘what is your ethnicity’ even though technically there are different ethnic backgrounds incorporated into whiteness and everyone knows this. but regardless of what your white background is, you have become part of the national (homogenized white) identity. so like when white people ask poc what their ethnicity is, it’s always in an other-ing context and under the assumption that we are never removed from our ‘heritage place’ and we will never be fully integrated into the ‘national identity’ regardless of how many generations back we’ve lived here. like if it’s truly “out of curiosity,” do you ask everyone what their background is or just the poc?
do u deem it problematic/offensive when white people listen to filipino music/try to learn tagalog?