would you want to know (racism)

posted 1 year ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Would you want to know?
    yes : (196 votes)
    59 %
    no : (110 votes)
    33 %
    maybe (please elaborate) : (27 votes)
    8 %
  • Member
    6219 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Not really. I tend to be a free spirit when it comes to belief. I don’t care what you believe as long as you don’t try to push it on me.

    Member
    1335 posts
    Bumble bee

    I don’t see how it would matter… you only have to work next to this person, outside of work is their own business and knowing wouldn’t make your work life any easier. 

    Obviously, I don’t support those types of views, but I just don’t become friends with those people. You don’t have to be friends to work with someone. 

    Member
    5730 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I’m sure there are plenty of people I work with and aquaintences I have whom I would completely disagree with in many ways, but I really don’t care unless they make it my problem somehow. As long as they “act normal”, what do I care? Infact based on your hypothetical situation, I wouldn’t even know. This is one of those situations where ignorance really is bliss.

    Member
    580 posts
    Busy bee

    At work, probably not as knowing about it wouldn’t impact my job unless I had reason to believe they were letting it impact theirs.    But if it was someone I was socialising with, even in passing, then yeah I’d want to know.  I have friends who are black.  Can you imagine if I knew someone who was a white supremacist and unknowingly I invited them out to spend time with my friends, including those who are black and then they said something?  No.  I’d want to know who I’m associating with.  I don’t associate with racists.  Don’t want them near me, my family, my friends, full stop.   

    Member
    1403 posts
    Bumble bee

    I would definitely want to know.  I have no desire for people like this to be in my life.  If we worked together I would keep things cordial, but that would be it.

    Member
    3151 posts
    Sugar bee

    The post mentions this person being an activist so this isn’t about having beliefs, but about promoting some pro-white group?

    I would be worried about them acting as the sole advisor or decision maker on almost anything. I would also want to protect my colleauges from being hurt by their actions.

    I realize their speech is protected, but I couldn’t help but want them far, far away from me. I’m aware that those people exist, but am thankful that I haven’t had to deal with them personally.  They make me sick.

    Member
    872 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m in an interracial relationship, so yeah, It would probably come up.

    Member
    5730 posts
    Bee Keeper

    It’s not like I go around asking people I just met or hardly know their opinions on religion, abortion or politics right off the bat. It’s only as you get to know someone that you start to find out those more personal opinions people have. If this person is perpetually in the “aquaintance/coworker” zone of your life… well there isn’t even a non-tactless way to find out lol.

    I’m assuming if they were ever to become friends this would eventually come up, and then that would be time to deal with that. 

    Member
    4326 posts
    Honey bee

    I don’t care unless it is someone I choose to make my friend.

    Member
    5932 posts
    Bee Keeper

    It depends on whether I would see this person outside of work ever, because they might see my relationship as “mixed race” even though my FI is only half indian. People think he’s greek because he never goes outside, so he’s really pale.

    Member
    580 posts
    Busy bee

    @teachtolerance: so she just off the cuff told you about her/his views?  If this person is actively saying these things to you then you have every right to then want nothing to do with them. 

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