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I work at a restaurant on campus in the kitchen and I happen to be the only white guy working in the back.  My nickname while at work is “white boy”.  While I like most of the guys that I work with, I don’t really like being referred to as “white boy” because it singles me out.  It’s not like I go around calling the other guys in the kitchen “black guy”.  While a small problem, I believe this is one of the little things that whites and blacks do to each other that separate themselves from one another.

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Written by devaio24

February 3, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. If you referred to any of the guys as “black guy” you’d probably get in trouble for being racist.

    melp8

    February 3, 2010 at 11:39 pm

  2. I don’t think it’s a big deal. Your co-workers referring to you as “white boy” cannot be considered racist….not until blacks hold the majority and control, maybe then. Consider it a term of endearment.

    chrissybear

    February 4, 2010 at 1:44 am

    • So it’s okay to be called a racial slur because white people are not the majority??

      A racial slur doesn’t depend on whether it was made by the majority or the minority. It’s a racial regardless. If I went to Africa, I’d be the minority. If I said a racial slur there it wouldn’t be a term of endearment, it’d still be a racial slur.

      melp8

      February 4, 2010 at 3:13 am

    • You have GOT to be kidding me….

      It’s not racist until blacks are majority?? In Miami, white people are DEFINITELY minority to the Hispanic population but do you think that that makes it ok for me to go to Miami and call people nicknames referring to Hispanic racial slurs? You should seriously reconsider your view on the appropriateness of racial name-calling….

      cgator19

      February 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm

  3. i agree with you, but with that have you thought about confronting your co-workers with your feelings? I know it may not be the “cool” thing, but you could enlighten them with what we’ve been learning in class and maybe they won’t call you “white boy” anymore!

    jeanliiping

    February 4, 2010 at 1:58 am

  4. I would be mad about that too. I’m sure that they would not like it if you being a white, called them ‘black boy’. It’s kind of a double standard which sucks. I don’t think they mean any harm by it but it is harmful. You should probably just ask them to stop because you aren’t comfortable with it.

    rphilp88

    February 4, 2010 at 11:10 pm

  5. This is a double standard. The fact that you as a white boy has to endure this because they are minorities in society is wrong. It’s not ok for whites to use racial slurs towards blacks, but its ok for blacks to do it? Why? Because they endured it for so long? No matter what the reason it is wrong and should not be accepted. Blacks are constantly complaining about being singled out in society and being victims of racism and discrimination so why are we the one’s turning the tables and doing it to whites. If the tables were turned and a white person called a black person “black guy” then the white person would be labeled as a racist and would probably loose his job.

    tayokam

    February 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm

  6. I think that being called “the white boy” is just as bad as being called “the black boy”. If it offends someone then obviously it shouldn’t be said. Everyone should start taking into account each other’s feelings and thoughts and stop calling people names based on their skin color.

    tjurgonski

    February 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm


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