Aug. 12th, 2007

andraste: Professor Mohinder (Mohinder)
I keep meaning to post a post of squee about my favourite CoCs, but Multiverse and RL have been swamping me a bit so it may have to wait. This, though, has been playing on my mind for a while.

I currently work a job that confronts me with racism - mine and other people's - on a daily basis. Being in the Australian arm of a business with most of its call centre operations in Manila means that I spend a lot of time biting my tongue while customers make horrible remarks about my co-workers in the Philippines.

It's not actually that I need advice about, however. When I can, I try to politely point out to the customers that I will not tolerate having my fellow employees insulted with racist epithets. I also try to work on my own racist reactions to aforementioned co-workers in Manila and some of the customers. I don't always do a good job of either, but I at least feel like I know what I should be doing.

No, what I need advice about is how to handle racism from my co-workers in Australia. More specifically, those co-workers who belong to ethnic or racial minorities themselves. I don't always speak up when my Anglo-Celtic colleagues make racist jokes or remarks, but I'm even less comfortable doing so when it's my minority co-workers being racist.

The Jewish guy tells jokes about Chinese people and Maoris. The Jewish girl made a comment about Indians that was so disgusting I'm not going to repeat it here. She also came out with 'there are a lot of gay Asians' - homophobia and racism in one convenient package! The Muslim guy who is sweet enough to drive me home twice a week once spent the entire trip ranting about the international Jewish conspiracy. (This isn't International Blog Against Anti-Semitism Week, but I feel it's still relevant.) There have been other incidents, involving co-workers of many different backgrounds.

I know I should speak up when these things happen, because keeping my mouth shut makes me worse than the people being carelessly racist. But I'm also really, really uncomfortable with the idea of me, an Anglo-Celtic person, telling people who belong to ethnic/racial minorities what they should think about racism. I am just Clueless White Girl, what the hell do I know about it?

So how do I deal with this next time it comes up? I don't want to be condescending or impose my own cultural values, but I think not saying anything is wrong!
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Old School)
Fresh hot from Vividcon, since the Premieres show is now over, although I think this was actually shown in Nearly New:

Bicycle Race

The Doctor just wants to do his own thing, man.


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