Thursday, June 25, 2009

Don't Spread Jokes Around the Office About Your Roaches!

DO NOT TELL YOUR WHITE COWORKERS THAT YOU ARE FROM "THE GHETTO" AND JOKE ABOUT ALL THE ASSOCIATED STEREOTYPES!!

Nobody needs to hear your tips and techniques on ridding a residence of roaches and mice!

Don't talk about your project elevator being broken and the bells not working!

If you need to talk about where you are from, describe your community in a more positive fashion or just say nothing at all.

Don't even say that you are from the "ghetto" as a joke.

The white person you are speaking to will take you for your word and will begin to perceive you as displaying "ghetto" behavior that they believe they are familiar with.

Everyone knows about the hip hop scene these days thanks to TV, etc. So, everyone is a so-called expert on what is or isn't ghetto. Unless you are at some sort of hip hop summit, any disussion of the ghetto will be drenched in stereotypes.

White people don't need to know you are from the ghetto or are from the "outskirts" of the ghetto.

White coworkers don't even need to know if you ....are from a broken home....have a momma, daddy or grannie in lock-up....have a drug addict residing in your household....are in a dire financial situation (read: filing bankruptcy or about to get evicted)....etc.

If you're going to play into stereotypes with White folks on your job, just go ahead and bug your eyes, while you shuffle around the office.

Sharing information that allows you to be stereotyped yields no reward and can only offer headaches. On the one-hand a couple of people may be impressed with how far you've come. But, on the other hand, more coworkers may perceive you in the way you have seemingly described yourself and may look at you in a negative fashion.

It's just not worth it to go there! Keep some of your business--your business!

1 Comments:

Blogger Fighter said...

That’s very true about not disclosing our private business to people at work. I never reveal anything negative about my personal life. In fact I try not to have too much chit chat with them in case I say something I’ll regret later. Workplaces are filled with racists, bigots, back stabbers etc. Be very careful.

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