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Is racist, even though you treat the person well, not perpetuated any negative behaviours.

So if l don’t like Birmingham accent, am racist? I’m l uneducated or is this a new law?

Heard a white colleague strongly express to another colleague who was black how they were openly racist because they mentioned they did not like a particular accent despite the fact, that they loved/like the person with the accent. The black colleague was shouted at, and l honestly wanted to defend him, but l was so confused.
This is for educational purposes.
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(Original post by Chanishyy)
Is racist, even though you treat the person well, not perpetuated any negative behaviours.

So if l don’t like Birmingham accent, am racist? I’m l uneducated or is this a new law?

Heard a white colleague strongly express to another colleague who was black how they were openly racist because they mentioned they did not like a particular accent despite the fact, that they loved/like the person with the accent. The black colleague was shouted at, and l honestly wanted to defend him, but l was so confused.
This is for educational purposes.
It's your opinion and I think it's definitely not racist as long as you don't treat that person differently or stereotype them because of that accent. Also it's just common sense; if you repeatedly insult their accent/constantly bring up the fact you don't like their accent/ make judgements about them based on their accent obviously that's wrong but if it's just a matter of you not liking the sound of it I think that's fine. Personally, I don't like the sound of Essex accents but I would never belittle someone or form negative judgements/stereotypes on them just because they speak in a certain way.
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It's your opinion and I think it's definitely not racist as long as you don't treat that person differently or stereotype them because of that accent. Also it's just common sense; if you repeatedly insult their accent/constantly bring up the fact you don't like their accent/ make judgements about them based on their accent obviously that's wrong but if it's just a matter of you not liking the sound of it I think that's fine. Personally, I don't like the sound of Essex accents but I would never belittle someone or form negative judgements/stereotypes on them just because they speak in a certain way.
That’s not what happened. Prior to the conversation they were talking about the meeting with the Scottish individual and the black colleague expressed that he loved it. Then suddenly he said that one line he’s racist, l wanted to support him but l was so confused and intimidated with how he (white colleague) wanted to gaslight/manipulate him into thinking it is by saying “you’re a racist, you’re openly racist, so you know you can’t change an accent”. I was so mortified. By default does that mean she is ignorant?
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An accent is not a race, so how exactly can it be racist to dislike a certain accent?
Perhaps looking up the definition of racism might be of help here.
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No, not racist.
Accents tend to be most closely connected to local region and educational background, not race.
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(Original post by Chanishyy)
Is racist, even though you treat the person well, not perpetuated any negative behaviours.

So if l don’t like Birmingham accent, am racist? I’m l uneducated or is this a new law?

Heard a white colleague strongly express to another colleague who was black how they were openly racist because they mentioned they did not like a particular accent despite the fact, that they loved/like the person with the accent. The black colleague was shouted at, and l honestly wanted to defend him, but l was so confused.
This is for educational purposes.
don't worry I hate the Birmingham accent
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(Original post by Mesopotamian.)
An accent is not a race, so how exactly can it be racist to dislike a certain accent?
Perhaps looking up the definition of racism might be of help here.
I’m going to report the colleague because the way the black colleague was ridiculed and manipulated, and was told to apologise is beyond me.
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I’m going to report the colleague because the way the black colleague was ridiculed and manipulated, and was told to apologise is beyond me.
Best to ask the coworker that you want to support whether he wants the incident reported.
There is a risk that both coworkers could be subject to discliplinary action for unprofessional conduct over the incident.
Particularly if they were both on shift and their comments could be viewed as very offensive by customers/supplies/other coworkers/anyone else in the building who overheard.
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Nothing wrong with disliking an accent imo.
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(Original post by londonmyst)
Best to ask the coworker that you want to support whether he wants the incident reported.
There is a risk that both coworkers could be subject to discliplinary action for unprofessional conduct over the incident.
Particularly if they were both on shift and their comments could be viewed as very offensive by customers/supplies/other coworkers/anyone else in the building who overheard.
The incident happened during our breaks, no customers nearby as we were in a different room. But thank you for saying this. The Scottish colleague doesn’t know, as he wasn’t there. I believe the white colleague just wanted to say it for the sake of saying it as he never got along with the black colleague.

In addition, if he was offended, wasn’t the most appropriate way to talk to the black colleague and express his emotions instead of pointing a finger and telling other workers he is racist or has been openly racist in a room whereby the other works didn’t report it or find any means to it as it’s an opinion, however that one colleague reported it.

But l will discuss this with the black colleague whether to report it because that’s defamatory especially when he wasn’t racist, it’s his opinion. Nonetheless to manipulate him and to make him apologise to all staff (who where even confused as to why the issue needed to escalate this far) is unacceptable.
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Nothing wrong with disliking an accent imo.

lucky for me mine isnt that brummie
why does everyone hate birmingham accent it ain't even that bad
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I laughed reading this lol
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It’s racist in the same way that not liking broccoli is sexist.
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It’s racist in the same way that not liking broccoli is sexist.
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