Yeah, this. In his photos, his skin isn’t particularly dark, so that was probably her best guess. Note that Paki is what idiot racists call anyone who looks remotely South Asian or even Middle Eastern.
“paki” is a fairly old insult. I haven’t seen it referenced in years. Partly because, by this stage, most of the “paki’s” would be born in England anyway. The fact that the bloke wasn’t a paki by any reasonable stretch of the imagination is part of the point of the article: it’s a man-bites dog story.
And someone who is South African is very likely to be of Indian or Pakistani heritage or appear to be (to someone like the person in OP) as they have mixed heritage. Similarly to the Sikhs getting abused in the US for being “muslim”
Err, no, not “very likely”. Only 2.5% of South Africans would qualify.
Only 10% of South Africans are mixed enough to matter, and of those, only, I’d say, 2% would be confused for Pakistani/Indian (as opposed to Black or Latin).
The guy in the OP looks like a typical White South African. Who are on average a bit darker than Brits, what with all that tropical living, but don’t look or sound remotely South Asian. He could also, with that name, be Coloured South African (but the military service bit kind of favours White for someone of his age), but he would still not sound like a South Asian. Bitch is just ignorant.
I completely missed the line in the original story saying “paki”. Thanks for reading closer than I did.
I had the same reaction as several of you, the name and the look of the guy (to me) is nothing like the many Pakistani’s I know.
I’d agree that a key part of the story was to make it clear the woman is not only a bigot & racist but a rather dumb one (perhaps a “yob” or “bogan”?) Similar to the people that believe brown skinned Hindus and Sikhs are Muslims and all Muslims are terrorists.
Fairly trivial spin-off from essential topic of this thread: it has occurred to me, a Briton, to wonder why a certain sub-set of my compatriots lit as emphatically as they seem to have done, in particular on Pakistan and its people – as “shorthand” for “swarthy-complexioned incomers who they would prefer not to be here”. Many folk in Britain – or their forbears – originating from the Indian sub-continent: did indeed come originally from Pakistan, or Bangladesh which was formerly East Pakistan; but at least as many, came originally from (post-1947) India – which name and what it generally refers to, have been universally known in Britain for centuries, ever since we first involved ourselves with the affairs of the sub-continent.
I can only hazard a guess that – with Pakistan having existed as a nation only since 1947 – in the early years of large-scale immigration into Britain from those parts: this new name (and “Pakistani” for someone hailing from there) was latched on to by the Brits as a strikingly new and exotic word, with something of a beguilingly “explosive” sound to it – more fun to use, than the name “India”, which sounds a bit bland, and had become somewhat stale with having been around for centuries. Those who thus latched on to the “P-words” were not, in the main, employing them with positive connotations (though in my experience, “Paki” or “Pak” are sometimes used just neutrally, or even affectionately); but it seems that they liked the way they sounded.
My wild guess would be that “Indian” was vaguely associated, for older generations, with restaurants (even though they were often run by Bengalis from East Pakistan as it then was), doctors or fabulously rich Maharajas. By the 1960s or so, younger working class people were more likely to be aware of more distinctive concentrations of new arrivals from Pakistan, often from more rural parts of East Pakistan, living in closer proximity to white working class people, but perceived as more clannishly separated by religion and conservative social habits. Plus, the word is simply more explosive in sound, which makes it easier to express contempt (and that bit quicker to daub on a wall as an insult, and easier to spell).
I initially thought the reference in the article to PTSD from his time in the SA military related to the Border War, but with a reported age of 42, he would have been too young. I haven’t checked dates or dne the math, but I also think he would have been several years too young to be conscripted - if white. If he is coloured, he could certainly have served in the democratic era defence force.
FWIW, he looks like a white South African to me with some Greek heritage.