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Re: racist comment

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Sidnie Miller (sidmill.us)
Tue, 3 Mar 1998 20:17:45 -0800 (PST)


I see a lot of "you're just picking on me cuz I'm brown" around here.
It's almost impossible to deal with because you can't prove that you
are or are not prejudiced. One year I said "oh yeah--well you're just
giving me a hard time cuz I'm an old white lady". I thought it was
pretty funny--everyone enjoyed it, but in the end--it just escalated
things. I think the best plan is to consistently act like a teacher--
say I'm picking on you because you're acting like a jerk--I pick on
anyone who does so. Stop and analyze yourself--make sure that you
aren't favoring any one group--it's really easy for me to favor and
give more attention to the boys because the squeeky wheel gets the
grease. There have been years when I've been intimidated by some
of the Mexican kids who were particularly "gang-like" and I was
staying away from them. You get a reputation eventually and it's
passed down. I told some of the native american kids that my husband
is part Indian--and it's amazing how much my status has improved.

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