What happens when someone you know says something racist? Something that offends you on the behalf of mankind straight to your core? What do you do? Even in jest, the words are flung out there in an "I'm just kidding" kind of way. Is it ever okay? A few times I've run into it this week. A phrase so racist my grandmother would blush. (And she's said a few doozies in her time, let me tell you.)
I'm not overly politically correct. I don't see the point in it. However, I try to be respectful of each culture and nation and person as I can. I still tend to be abilist, sexist, and racist at times. But I catch myself more often than not and think "I don't even think that... why am I saying it?"
Phrases that were perfectly acceptable in my grandparents era are offensive and hurtful today. Joking phrases that I can't even type still float about by educated and respected people. And to me? It's not ok.
But, what do you do? When someone says a phrase that degrades an entire culture? Without even noticing it or correcting themselves? What do you do? Do you allow that to change your opinion of them? Do you speak up? And how?
People think its funny or acceptable. I want to say. I have a great sense of humour... and I don't think its funny.
I am participating in NaBloPoMo for November. Why? To entertain you. This is all for you. You're welcome.