April 6, 2018 8:21 am
Updated: April 6, 2018 10:14 am

Winnipeggers describe their experience dealing with racism, sexism

Left to right: Comedian Lara Rae, Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Obby Khan and student activist Sappfyre McLeod

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When was the first time you were called something negative or hurtful?

Some well-known Winnipeggers told 680 CJOB their #FirstTimeIwasCalled stories.

Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Obby Khan remembered being picked on when he was in Grade 2 after moving from Pakistan.

Khan didn’t speak any English, so he was bullied all the time.

“I was called a Paki, I was called really mean things and stuff was thrown at me constantly,” said Khan. “Thank God I had a friend in class who spoke Punjabi as well, so him and I became really good friends.”

READ MORE: ‘I was terrified’: Farheen Khan says she was attacked just after 9/11 because she is Muslim


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Lara Rae, comedian and artistic director of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, described herself as the trifecta of hate because she’s a transgender woman.

“I’m bullied as a trans person now and it’s something that happens to me on a daily basis,” said Rae. “I was objectified as somebody whose sexual attraction was obnoxious. I was taught that wanting to be a girl was somehow disgraceful…and then my trans identity was also shameful.”

Student activist Sappfyre McLeod said as a black woman, she was bullied in elementary school.

“Here in Canada it’s a little different,” said McLeod. “As a black woman, everything is very covert [unlike] in the United States but you know it’s happening.”

LISTEN: Richard Cloutier and Julie Buckingham interview a panel of Winnipeggers who share their stories of sexism, racism and transphobia.

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