HotDish Hell and the Volatile Workplace

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January 4, 2013 by meximo70


racistsdeliveranceI knew that living in a small rural town I was going to run into some prejudices and ignorance. When I first moved down here from Minneapolis, to be honest, I was a bit frightened.

I moved into a farmhouse when i first came to live in HotDish Hell. One night, my dooryard was filled with pickup trucks and John Deere tractors. Hordes of people were making their way to my front door. Pictures of the movie “Deliverance” and Ned Beatty danced in my head.

But fortunately, they had come to welcome us to the farm life. They brought beer, snacks, and yes…hotdish.

Years later, when i secured a job with Angry Weigh-Bionics, i found what i feared. Some of the folks i work with are so casual with their prejudice, they seriously don’t think they’re saying or doing anything wrong.

The following are some statements that i have heard within the last 7 years of working here:

racistidiotCo-worker commenting on Martin Luther King Day: “Hey, it’s N(***)er day! Happy N(***)er day!”

Another thought it funny to tell me this joke:

Idiot: Hey, do you know what black people are?

Me: i really don’t want to hear th–

Idiot: proof that injuns *CENSORED* the buffalo! haw haw haw haw

The janitor asked me:

“are you a green card carrying wetback?”

racistpigAt a Christmas potluck one year a co-worker commented:

“with all that black curly hair you have, you look like a god damn sand-n(***)er!”

And my boss, who thinks it’s humorous to sling racial slurs at me:

“Thanks you Puerto Rican immigrant S.O.B.”

“I thought all you indians just ran around drinking red port wine screaming ‘titonka! titonka!'”

“This is Meximo, he’s our token colored guy in the department”

Maybe it’s all in jest. Maybe i just take this crap too seriously. I don’t know. The only thing i do know is that evolution cannot come soon enough, and beating the crap out of some ignorant *CENSORED* is not worth the time in jail.

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7 thoughts on “HotDish Hell and the Volatile Workplace

  1. Mike says:

    Brad –
    There is no lowest common denominator where prejudice is concerned. At least the idiots make good fodder for your blog – and probably don’t even realize what’s going on. Thanks for being you.
    Best wishes,
    Mike

  2. Jack Flacco says:

    Racism affects everyone. I despise it. No racist joke is innocent.

    I’m rather fortunate that I live in a place where multiculturalism thrives. Although my town is predominantly white, in the city where I work, I get to enjoy other cultures, their foods and their attitudes toward life. My best friends, for instance, are from Jamaica. I love them to death. There’s no other family I’d trust my kids than them. When my wife and I traveled for a getaway last year, we left the kids with them. They are amazing.

    I could never understand racism. Whatever it is that compels others to disrespect others because of the color of their skin must be fear. They must feel threatened in some way. Well, whatever it is, hang in there. Things tend to change over time.

    • meximo70 says:

      it used to anger me. but now i’ve come to feel sorry for those that are like that. they’ve limited themselves from new experiences, and new people. thanks for your support, Jack

      • Jack Flacco says:

        Exactly. It’s THEIR loss. I’m looking forward to a day when racism no longer dwells in the hearts of men. Until that day, we have to respect one another for the gifts bestowed upon us.

  3. I apologize for all those New Zealand jokes… 😦

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