Wtf..... This is how the conversation went this morning:
"The cleaner is coming this morning so we need to be out the house early."
Mil: "is she a boat person?"
Mil: "so she's Aussie then?"
Me (in a cranky voice): "I assume so."
Is the mil Dumb or racist? What would you have said/done?
I'm cranky at myself for not saying something to her. I was in shock...
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10-04-2014 08:25 #1-
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Mil: dumb or racist?
10-04-2014 08:28 #2
I would of made a joke about Australians being the original boat people.....
Yeah, that's pretty weird that she'd just assume the cleaner was a boat person, and even weirder that she'd care what race the cleaner is....
10-04-2014 08:29 #3
In all honestly I probably would have taken a second to even make the connection and replied with a smart a** comment.
From that comment I would say she is fairly ignorant but not necessarily racist.
10-04-2014 08:30 #4
A little of A, a little of B?
Not sure why she would jump to the conclusion that the cleaner was a refugee. Unless this happens often I would just let it go - often with MIL's any comebacks are not worth the effort!
10-04-2014 08:33 #5
A little dumb, a little racist.
What a stupid thing to ask.
It's hard to know how to handle such ignorance!
10-04-2014 10:12 #6
10-04-2014 10:29 #7
Such a strange question!
Maybe she just wanted the chance to have a go at boat people and how they are taking all our jobs or something silly like that.
*** "Daddy, toast, hat" ***
10-04-2014 10:42 #8
10-04-2014 11:12 #9
I'd be so shocked if someone asked me that, wow that's horrible!
What possible difference could it make who cleans your house. Id say something angrily, I wouldn't be able to help myself.
10-04-2014 11:46 #10Senior Member
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I've always found an indignant "I beg your pardon?" after the initial racist/stupid remark, followed by a death stare quite effective over the years.
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