When London's Mayor Was Asked If He Felt At 'Home' In Pakistan, He Nailed His Response


London mayor Sadiq Khan is currently on a visit to India and Pakistan, and at one point during his tour he took a historic walk across the border between the two countries. Following the meaningful jaunt, the London-born politician faced an uncomfortable question from a reporter but managed to handle the snafu like a pro.

According to a clip of an interview that has since been posted on Twitter, BBC reporter Karl Mercer awkwardly asked Khan if the symbolic visit felt "like coming home."


Without missing a beat, Khan replied, "Nah, home is south London mate."

He then added, "But it's good to be in Pakistan. It's good to come from India, home of my parents and grandparents."

Though it's possible Mercer meant no harm with his question, Mashable points out the query is a form of microaggression — a brief verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignity, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicates hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.

Another added, "As a Brit with a foreign surname, I often get asked "where are you from". It was a good response from Sadiq Khan."

Though Khan's response was practically perfect, it should come as no surprise that he had such a retort at the ready. As the first Muslim mayor of London, Khan has emphasized that — like all Londoners — no one identity completely describes him.

"I'm a Londoner, I'm European, I'm British, I'm English, I'm of Islamic faith, of Asian origin, of Pakistani heritage, a dad, a husband," he said in an interview with The New York Times prior to being elected mayor.

Khan's response is earning plenty of praise on Twitter as many pointed out the undertones of Mercer's question. 

"Respect to the Mayor for the perfect slam-dunk response. London, proudly the most cosmopolitan, trailblazing metropolis on the planet," wrote one.


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