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Is it racist to ask someone where they are from?



For me personally, I like to say, ‘Do you want the long answer or the short answer?’“, says Senior Landecker Fellow Mamobo when asked about her response to questions about her origins.

In a recent NewsTalk article, Mamobo contributed with her expertise and experience on identity questioning.

If you question [one’s] identity, then you’re saying, ‘Okay, you’re actually not from here.’“, explained Mamobo.

Mamobo is one of thirty 2021-2022 Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.