In a recent Reddit post, a user found herself at a crossroads when confronted with questionable racist behavior from her manager. Here’s the full story.
She Is Asian
Mia, hailing from an Asian country and currently working in Europe, had started her internship five months earlier.
She Had a Good Relationship
Her relationship with her European manager appeared promising initially – characterized by helpfulness, autonomy, and support.
The Racist Questions
However, as time passed, a disconcerting pattern emerged.
The manager began asking about Mia’s cultural background, although in a seemingly mocking manner accompanied by needless giggles.
Questions During Lunch Breaks
These questions were often made during lunch breaks, perhaps in an attempt to provoke laughs from other workers.
I’m Not a Racist
The questions were prefaced with statements such as “I’m not being a racist, but…” or “Not to sound racist, but your culture’s practices are rather peculiar – I’m curious.”
Initially, these interactions seemed like curiosity, and Mia replied with explanations to the best of her ability.
Things Turned Ugly
However, things took a turn when during lunch, the manager posed a question that was very offensive.
She Had Enough
In response, Mia called her out, saying that the act of starting questions with “not being racist” was, in itself a racist attitude.
The atmosphere at the table immediately shifted to being quiet and awkward.
Her Manager Apologized
Then, the manager approached Mia and extended an apology for her behavior, assuring her that she wouldn’t repeat it.
To her credit, she has adhered to this promise thus far.
Shouldn’t Have Called Out Publicly
However, she consistently kept saying that Mia shouldn’t have addressed it publicly and asserted her inquisitive nature.
Mia acknowledged that her work remains unaffected and that her professional rapport with the manager has evolved into a more formal and detached dynamic.
Should She Have Managed It in Private?
But now Mia is asking herself whether she should have handled it privately and not called her out the way she did.
It Needs to Be Called Out!
Mia took to Reddit to ask whether she was wrong for what she did, and several Redditors sided with her, saying that she was not in the wrong.
She Made Her Comments Publicly?
One Reddit user wrote, “I think you hit the nail on the head. If she was so concerned about not being called out publicly, she shouldn’t be asking offensive questions in public.”
Another Redditor commented, “It’s like saying, ‘Not to sound rude but I don’t like you because you are different.’”
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