originally posted by gwenith
was i being racist?
had an incident at work the other night. phone call from another ward - "can we borrow xyz tablets for a patient?"
me being me replied "certainly but we don't want them back after the patient has swallowed them!"
the nurse at the other end of the phone laughed and i sent the tablets to the ward.
about 15 mnutes later one of my co-workers answers the phone- where are those tablets? turns out i had sent them to the wrong ward. he states - "she must not have heard properly because of your accent" he came over to me and said he had made a similar error in the past, possibly with the same person because of her accent.
a little later the nurse rings back accusing my co-worker of being racist! how dare he make racist comments etc. to try to get another viewpoint he puts her onto me and i try to explain that what was meant had nothing to do with race that a comment on accent was merely a comment on an accent and she could have been austrian or anything but it had nothing to do with race. she blew up! "you are being racist i am sick of being picked on!"
she contacted the nurse manager and made a complaint. nm saw me and i told her i had tried to explain on the phone but the nurse was not listening - nm told me the nurses name - first time i even knew who i was talking to!
treid to apologise in person - she was not available was "off cooling down" wrote out a written apology, by hand before i left work. i did this more because i don't like the thought of someone being upset over something i said than the fact i thought i was wrong.
got a phone call today - could i rewrite or type apology and leave off final sentence "hope this makes you feel better".
now i am a little disturbed about this whole incident. i do not like being accused of racisim. i find that a darn sight more offensive than if someone were to call me a "fat dumb honky" and yet i am in the wrong.
was i being racist?
p.s. i still don't even know what race the nurse was, is or wants to be!
i dont think you were being racist.
i actually got a call from a doc wanting to know the status of a patient. i could not understand him and said "im sorry, will you slow down, i cannot understand you". he about lost his mind. i wasnt being racist. i was very respectful. if you cant understand, that is not your fault. you were not rude or anything.
when i first started working in this state i always had to repeat myself due to my accent. it wasnt anyone's fault. my accent isnt that thick either, but it is there. racism never even entered my mind.
whomever said you are a racist needs to sit down and do some serious rethinking. are they also the type that if someone just doesnt like them because of lets say their attitude they yell racism?
ive read many of your posts. you seem to be a fair, evenminded and openminded person. i would of never thought racist.
don't let it bother you. you know what you are and what you are not. and i dont think it is a racist.