Racism in the workplace - page 5

Not to be a downer or anything but I have noticed some harsh things said about patients and sometimes even co workers in my unit when they think no one else can hear them. Has anyone else dealt with... Read More

  1. by   madwife2002
    I am a white woman from the North of England, yet I have experienced 'racism' when I moved down to the South. A charge nurse from Maritus asked one of the CNA's in my ear shot 'Where is that Northern Monkey". How do you deal with that one.
  2. by   staygold
    Quote from madwife2002
    I am a white woman from the North of England, yet I have experienced 'racism' when I moved down to the South. A charge nurse from Maritus asked one of the CNA's in my ear shot 'Where is that Northern Monkey". How do you deal with that one.
    I have northern roots. So I feel your pain.I'm a Manc yank.When you're black and northern it tends to be open season on yor a**e.
  3. by   madwife2002
    Quote from staygold
    I have northern roots. So I feel your pain.I'm a Manc yank.When you're black and northern it tends to be open season on yor a**e.
    LOL well I'm just a Manc lol Now living in AZ
  4. by   staygold
    Man city or Man U?
  5. by   madwife2002
    Difficult one-but I'd have to go with Man C
  6. by   staygold
    Man U through and through.haha. Its good to talk to a northerner thats not related to me. Footie talk eases my nursing pangs.
  7. by   Bala Shark
    America has a very violent racist history and it will stay in America...You cannot change anything about it...The history is there and history always repeats itself, whether you like it or not!!
  8. by   BeachPrincess
    Quote from Bala Shark
    America has a very violent racist history and it will stay in America...You cannot change anything about it...The history is there and history always repeats itself, whether you like it or not!!
    This is true, but with time I think it can change. It will probably come slower than most will like, but its bound to happen some day. IMO
  9. by   zahryia
    Quote from Bala Shark
    America has a very violent racist history and it will stay in America...You cannot change anything about it...The history is there and history always repeats itself, whether you like it or not!!
    Yes, you're right. Let's give up. Back to people making disrespectful snide and overt remarks without people calling them out on it. Wait a minute, that's not good enough. Why don't we start labeling fountains again.

    I mean, c'mon. It's people like you who allow this stuff pass through generations and generations by your defeatist attitude.

    I don't know you, but I'm sure you wouldn't allow someone to step all over you awake or in your sleep and I'm not going to either.

    As for some people of color 'crying wolf', yes, it happens. I'm not going to deny in the least, but I don't feel that they're the majority or the rule. It's totally wrong and doesn't help me out nor them at all.
  10. by   MuddaMia
    Quote from Yayamaya
    What would you do if you felt that you were not being granted an interview because your name was "foreign" or obviously insinuated a particular religion or race?? I am so tempted to call up the HR dept and call them on it. I have applied to 1 hospital for over 2 years as a CNA or Unit Secretary and have never been called by the HR rep. The positions remain open for months. I know that I have the experience, educational background and skills but am CERTAIN that is discrimination. I am extremely frustrated and am increasingly angry.
    Call the Attorney General and tell them! They are the ones who would handle a case like that (I believe)
  11. by   MuddaMia
    Quote from Bala Shark
    America has a very violent racist history and it will stay in America...You cannot change anything about it...The history is there and history always repeats itself, whether you like it or not!!
    Boy! I am glad that people like MLK and other civil rights activists didn't feel this way. You have to fight for change...not throw up your hands in defeat.
  12. by   Miss Mab
    I have a thought that's pretty much off-topic and yet related somehow. I was just talking to my BF about this today. Feel free to stone me because I already feel pretty bad about it but it "is what it is"

    Background--grew up a CA liberal/PC/schooled in diversity/supporter of social programs/education/blah, blah...

    I have been working in an inner-city ED for just about a year. I now think I am BECOMING racist. I don't need to give examples but the absolute worst stereotypes are being played out pretty much every shift. By all? No. But enough to where I just realized yesterday that I think I am getting resentful.

    I already know, time to change the scenery...I'm already burnt out---for my sake and my patients. Just wanted to throw that out.
  13. by   Sheri257
    Quote from madwife2002
    I am a white woman from the North of England, yet I have experienced 'racism' when I moved down to the South. A charge nurse from Maritus asked one of the CNA's in my ear shot 'Where is that Northern Monkey". How do you deal with that one.
    That actually does happen. I grew up in Louisiana but, I don't sound "southern" so I was called names like that ... even though I actually was from there.

    I never fit into the south. I left many years ago.

    :typing

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