Offensive Comments From Patients

I’ve decided to start recording inappropriate/borderline racist things patients say to and around me. Why? I’m hoping this will encourage me to educate/correct their ignorance in the future, instead of awkwardly laughing and looking away because yet again, I’m worried about being that person who makes everything about race.

I’ll start with this gem from yesterday:

“Those little Arabs are so fast, you don’t even notice them around! That’s why they’re all such good terrorists.” Lovely.

Next time a situation like this arises, I will say something, and making it a thing to write about it should hopefully embolden me to do so more often.


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