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Questions tagged [racial-issues]

For questions regarding race, ethnicity, and origin. This tag is not uniquely applied to racism or discrimination, it applies to any questions with the aforementioned criteria.

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How do I deal with a coworker who keeps making racist comments? [closed]

I had a former co worker say something I was offended by. (I’m African American and he’s Caucasian.) I told him to be careful wiping down the mantle over a fireplace because it was hot and I didn’t ...
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Is “Black American” an acceptable term in the US? [closed]

In the comments section on this question, someone took offense at calling african-americans black (because not all blacks are african). Then took offense at using the term african-american (because ...
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How to use emojis of different skin tone in Slack's reactions? [closed]

There is a feature in Slack called emoji reactions. It allows users to respond to any message on Slack with an emoji reaction. Also, you can choose a skin tone for your emojis: If you do, this ...
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Friendly co worker suddenly distant/rude because of different views

There is a very nice co worker at my office. Every morning he comes to my desk and we chat for about fifteen minutes about how our kids are doing and whatnot. I really enjoy these morning ...
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Should I try to react to behind-the-back insults in my partner's minority outreach program? [closed]

Relevant identity context, I'm white, my partner can be reasonably seen to a stranger as white, and both of us are genderqueer and LGBTQ+ identifying. I work at a college in Boston, and my partner (...
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How should I construct an inquiry to clarify dubious comment about my appearance? [closed]

I was at a party and someone said: “if you had kids with a white girl, they’d look like [the guy next to me]” ... along with “you two have similar mannerisms.” It didn’t sound mean-spirited in ...
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How can I effectively tell people that their defensiveness over me bringing up an issue is part of the issue?

Seems like it would be kind of self evident, but it's something that I encounter fairly often when talking to some folks about issues of discrimination and bias that drives me crazy... When someone ...
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Responding to inappropriate personal questions at an interview?

I am an American living in Germany and had an interview with a manager of a company yesterday. At one point, the interviewer asked me about why I chose to come to Germany. I explained the reason, and ...
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How can I take issue with inappropriate statements without offending people?

I live in North America but in the particular area I live in there are more Asians than Caucasians. I sometimes hear things I find racist but am afraid to speak up fearing a negative response. Just ...
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How to politely deal with white people wanting to talk to me about racism/race issues

Now this is a sensitive topic, and I do not wish to offend anyone's sensibilities - but at the same time, I want to know of an effective way of dealing with the disproportionate emotional work ...
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How to recover from being falsely seen as a racist?

So here is the story: It was a Saturday night and my wife and I were sitting outside, drinking. We've already had a few drinks and we were talking, listening to music, in a good mood if you will. I ...
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How to deal with racism in shops and restaurants?

I'm Israeli. I travel to the UK about twice a year. I generally try to be polite and pleasant around people, so very often a smiling waitress in a café or an assistant in a shop would ask me where I'm ...
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How to respond to a friend insulting her own racial group? [closed]

Here's the scenario: I have a friend who had/has really abusive parents who are part of a tightly knit expatriate South Asian community from a certain minority ethnic/religious group here in our ...
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How do I anticipate whether using the expression “of color” will be received favourably or not? [closed]

I am European, and I seem to understand that in North America it's particularly common to use the expression "Person of color" instead of, for example, "Black person". I understand that it's meant ...
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Should I speak in Japanese or English to the “foreign-looking” kombini employee? [closed]

I am not Japanese but I usually speak in Japanese with everyone, because it is the language I use all day long at work (I live in Japan). At the register of a convenience store in Japan, I usually ...
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How do I respond to racist remarks from a coworker?

Recently, I've had a couple short conversations with a coworker that have taken a racist turn, and I'm not really sure how to respond. We don't work directly together, but often see each other in ...
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How to handle a younger sibling being verbally bullied, with sometimes racist remarks, at school?

My younger sister tells me she's having trouble at her new middle school; one of these is that a boy, who tends to be the class clown and troublemaker, makes fun of her underbite. I told her to notify ...
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How to react when someone makes a racially charged joke about their own heritage

I have a friend who is a research scientist of Mexican descent. Before a work meeting, as he was wiping off the whiteboards to begin a presentation, he joked "This is the part that my people are best ...
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What is the right way to refer to someone with dark brown skin who is not African American?

I had a conversation recently where someone was deathly afraid of referring to a person by their skin color. It went something like this: Coworker: One of the people on the other team came by and ...
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How to respond to an older colleague who uses sub-optimal phrasing when referring to other racial groups?

I'm in a community organization in Texas that interacts with and reaches out to people of all ethnic groups, though most of the members are "white". I'm a new member of this organization and recently ...
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How can I respond to “It's because I'm <historically oppressed quality>” as a rebuttal to a request?

Occasionally I hear or encounter "it's because I'm <historically oppressed quality>" as a response to an objectionable request to the claimant. The claimant is usually a minor who in my ...