How do you deal with racists you are in a position of power over?
January 3, 2014 12:19 PM Subscribe
In a professional capacity, I have to deal occasionally with racists that I am in a serious position of power over. I would like some ways that I can show that I do not approve of racist behavior, without treating these vulnerable people badly or reinforcing their racism. Please help!
posted by corb to Human Relations (37 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
These racists are people who are dependent on me for my help, which makes me really uncomfortable about being harsh to them. They also are already in difficult straits, which means I don't want to make or seem to be making their lives harder. Sometimes this is really blatant racism, sometimes pretty subtle. I do not know how to handle this - I'm fine when calling people who are in charge of me about this stuff, but not when I'm the person in a position of power. What to do?