A magazine called Diversity Inc published a bunch of things never to say in an office to certain people. It’s pretty amazing to imagine their readership if an average reader is thinking, “Damn, why did I ask the new black guy at work if he’s in a gang? I wish I had this list sooner.”
Things NEVER to say to people with disabilities:
- Were you born that way?
(Amil note: That’s kind of a legitimate question, people want to know!)
- Oh, if you just have faith, you can be healed.
(AN: That’s just retarded.)
- Speaking slowly or loudly to someone who is in a wheelchair.
(AN: Because most people naturally assume that if you can’t walk you also can’t hear.)
- How do you go to the bathroom?
- But you look so good.
(AN: Ha. Ha.)
Things NEVER to say to an Asian-American co-worker:
- You must be the IT person.
(AN: This one is probably just true, so go ahead and say it.)
- You don’t act very Asian.
(AN: I totally get this all the time.)
- When are you going to go home?
(AN: By home I’m assuming they mean back to Asia, which is great.)
- You’re not a minority because all Asians are rich and successful.
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”—Dr Seuss