What do you do someone insults you without meaning to? For instance, if a foreigner criticizes a doctor by saying he’s “just like a Filipino doctor”, or if a friend of yours sees a stupid person as a “probinsyano” when in fact you are from the province yourself, what would you do?
I think that those who assume that people from the province are stupid are a practicing a subspecialty of racism.
Kids say the darnedest things, but adults do, too. Sometimes, grownups say the most insensitive things, which is why they may get labeled as “racists” or “chauvinists” or “bigots”. Sometimes, they are guilty of generalizing what they see. They assume that all Filipino doctors are poorly trained, or that everyone from the province is stupid. In turn, people quickly conclude that these judgmental people are dimwits. Unfairness begets unfairness, yes?
Maybe we should stop wondering why the world is unfair, why we are not getting the breaks we deserve, why people are criticizing us even for our hard-earned accomplishments. Maybe even we have done those very things but we have not been aware of it. Maybe we are simply getting what we deserve.