Assumptions and claims of things being racist are quite honestly all the rage in liberal circles today. They’re as popular as Pogs were twenty five years ago although it seems that this current fad is going to be around longer.
The thing about it is that there are people that just out and out go looking for moments to say that are racist.
Give you an example, about five years ago my wife was on the phone with a company that we had a regular service with.
They had charged her double the price of what they were supposed to charge for something due to an accounting error and she was trying to get the charge reversed. No more, no less.
They had her through the obstacle course of customer service agents and I could tell that she was getting more and more agitated as time went on.
Finally, when she got transferred to what seemed like the hundredth person she said that she didn’t “know what you people” were doing when it came to getting her to a person that could solve the problem.
The customer service rep who was on the phone for twenty seconds…..on the phone…..on the phone…..replied to my wife, “what do you mean by you people”. The person was fishing for a way to claim that my wife was saying something racist so she could end the call.
It was pretty sickening. She was trying to claim racism after a twenty second phone call where she had said maybe a dozen words.
Now, that being said people have nicknames for their children that have nothing to do with anything racial but it seems that when people go looking for racism they tend to find it pretty easily because that’s what they want to find.
Mom had been calling her baby a name, which she did not find offensive. But one day when she took her child to the park, someone was offended. Her nickname for her daughter is “monkey.” Mom says that she and her husband are both Caucasian and that she simply called her daughter the name because the baby is giggly and her father had called her that when she was growing up.
“So I guess I passed it down.” However, other moms at the park did not like how she called her nine-month-old “monkey.” And they told her why.
Mom took her baby to the park. The girl was having fun, so mom said things like “Does monkey want to go higher?” and “Is monkey having fun.” That’s when she was confronted.
She shared her experience on Reddit so she could get the opinions of other parents on the issue.
“A black woman approaches me and looks absolutely stunned. At first, I thought something horrible must have happened because she looked completely taken aback, so I asked her if she was okay.”
The woman “explained she was surprised someone would use that term because of its racist history and that she was deeply offended hearing it, she expected more from this community, and that I must be insensitive to teach my daughter that sort of language was okay.”
Mom doesn’t know if the woman thought she was calling the other woman’s daughter “monkey,” but she doesn’t think so. “She popped up out of nowhere” when she confronted her.
She added, “I was so shocked that all I could do was apologize and then I just picked up my daughter and left. I cried when I got home, I think from a combination of the surprise of it all (you don’t exactly plan to be called a racist on a leisurely trip to the park), the idea that what I considered a pretty innocent nickname could be offensive to someone, and if I’m being totally honest, indignation at the accusation at all.”