Today’s Workplace Under a Trump Presidency:
A co-worker came up to me on Monday afternoon, alerting me that someone hadn’t read my don’t-let-the-coffee-overflow sign and that there was a mess. She continued on to say “It was probably those Indians over there… they probably don’t know how to make coffee.”
My blood boiled. “I’m pretty sure the fact that they’re Indian has nothing to do with them not checking the coffee level.” I said in a shitty and cold tone. She immediately began to backtrack as I directed my attention back to my computer screen. She kept talking but I stayed silent until she left me the hell alone.
Most of our IT department is made up of people from all over the world. How could this white woman be so dense as to share a comment like this with me – An African American male. Oh… it’s because she’s white. She has no experience being marginalized or scrutinized because her skin isn’t full of melanin and she doesn’t have an accent.
Had I gone off in that moment? Raised my voice to tell her how stupid she sounded? I would be the one looked at first. Why? Because I’m a large, black male… speaking loudly to a frail, sweat-stained white woman.
Again, readers of this comment, when I say “white people,” I’m not talking about all of you. Believe me. People of color in today’s America have figured out exactly who they can trust on that front. We know not all white people feel this way.
I urge everyone to correct behavior like this and embarrass the hell out of the individual spewing disgusting, dimwitted, and disrespectful remarks like this. She deserved to feel that embarrassment and shame in that moment, and she’s lucky I didn’t go to HR on her. I could have… but I’m a busy professional and I don’t have the time to correct ignorance. Not without a huge raise, anyway.
I could read the hell out of her for so many things right now, outside of her despicable and small existence, but I won’t do that. I’m better than that, and so are you.