Why Racist ‘Spew’ Hurts Everyone, And You
You’re sitting with a friend, colleague, work associate.
Out of the blue, the person unleashes a torrent of Racist Spew.
What do you do?
Difficult situation to get through!
If you want to address The Spewer, but don’t, you’ll sit there and stew. And you’ll surely slap yourself later. Maybe blue.
If you do say something, the offender may blow: “How dare you attack my character and integrity?” (racists often feel strangely entitled to blather about hate.)
You could also lose a friend by speaking out!
Or lose a job!
So…Do You Let a Racist Comment Go, or, Do You Call it Out?
Stress Bubbles: Option 1: Look the person in the eye. Say: “That comment was racist.” Tolerate the comment? You’re condoning racism. You’re limiting your voice, your power, preventing an opportunity to be a force for good in this world. And doesn’t that make you feel like a wee coward?
Option 2: Be passive! Keep your mouth glued because you have vested interests with this person! Your new friend Amy has offered you tickets to a fab resort, ooops turns out she’s a seething racist, but you want to get away! So dammit, look the other way!
Stress Bubble Readers: Should you speak out whenever you hear a racist comment? What do you have to say?