9 Things NEVER to Say to White Colleagues


Greetings, in today’s post I describe another article from the series at www.diversityinc.com describing ‘things NEVER to say’.  Today’s article is written by Yoji Cole and describes 9 things you should never say to your white colleagues.  I find this article particularly interesting and insightful because it addresses some of the destructive stereotypes people of color often hold regarding Caucasians:

1.  “You’re a carpet-bagger” or “Why is a white guy doing this?”

2.  “You’re not diverse”

3.  “There’s no way you as a white person can understand”

4.  White men are automatically “in the corporate in-crowd”

5.  “You’re just a typical white person”

6.  “You KNOW you’re being racist”

7.  “You talk about us when we’re not around”

8.  “You’ve got all the money”

9.  “I don’t like white people” or “I don’t get white people”

I strongly urge you to visit www.diversityinc.com/thingsnottosay to get a description of each of these statements in Yoji Cole’s full article.  I think you will find it quite interesting.  In my next post, I will highlight another Yoji Cole article.  This one focuses on communicating with people who have a mixed cultural background.

NEXT POST – November 13, 2008

8 Things NEVER to Say to a Mixed-Race Colleague

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