Labels and Stereotypes - The Excuses: I Misspoke!
When a person uses the “I misspoke” defense, they are admitting that something inappropriate or offensive was said, but now (that they’ve been called out on it) they want to give an African American the rated-PG/legal version of what they meant.
This defense is all about someone knowing they crossed a line and wanting to sanitize their comments, so that an African American doesn’t report them to corporate authorities, such as supervisors, managers or Human Resources.
Or, if an African American has already reported an incident, the “I misspoke” line will help dilute the power of the speaker’s words—or so they think. Of course, this reworking, massaging, and manipulation of the English language (as well as the rewriting of history) is done in the hopes that another White person will let the perpetrator off the hook by agreeing to an explanation that may clearly be illogical considering the situation that transpired.
When it comes down to it, Black workers are assumed to be so intellectually inferior that we will fall for any lame explanation provided on any workplace matter. When Black “stupidity” is not the dominating thought, the masses may hope that Black cowardice is what rules the moment. Nothing makes a company feel more protected and secure than the ability to rely on the African American fear of workplace retaliation.
Some Whites always want to accuse Blacks of playing the “race card.” But, little do they know that most Black workers let almost every incident, worth reporting, go unreported for fear of making waves, looking like a trouble maker, appearing to be a cry baby or setting themselves up to be the victim of a retaliation plot. So, shut up about the “race card” because you don’t know how good you’ve really got it going. This is especially true at work, where people are afraid of losing their livelihood and being unable to support themselves and their families. It’s often safer and easier to remain silent. And, that fear is what workplace miscreants, like racists and other idiots rely on.
Tomorrow’s workplace excuse is…I’m/He’s/She’s Having a Bad Day