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Is My Co-worker Racist?

today at work, some coworkers and i were talking about our ethnicity and heritage. one of them, who is peruvian, told another coworker that she spoke spanish and that she was born in the south american country. the coworker who was told this acted really surpised and said that she always thought she was arab. my coworker has black hair, black eyes, and caramel skin so i didnt think much of the comparison. but she got really upset and annoyed by being confused as an arab. so im thinking is it an insult, a compliment, or neither to be confused as being an arab? furthermore, is she a racist?

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today at work, some coworkers and i were talking about our ethnicity and heritage. one of them, who is peruvian, told another coworker that she spoke spanish and that she was born in the south american country. the coworker who was told this acted really surpised and said that she always thought she was arab. my coworker has black hair, black eyes, and caramel skin so i didnt think much of the comparison. but she got really upset and annoyed by being confused as an arab. so im thinking is it an insult, a compliment, or neither to be confused as being an arab? furthermore, is she a racist?
I don't think she is racist, it is sign of the times.
It is tough being Arab in the US right now.

I am told that this also exist in some Caribean countries and South America.
In Dominican Republic for example, someone with light skin but with black features and who would normally be called black in the US, would find it insulting to be referred as black. I am also told that it is these people who are the most frustrated and confused when they immigrate to the US.
They do not undertand why there is no categroy for them.

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I confuse Middle East features with Latino features sometimes myself. I think it's neither an insult or a compliment. Latino, Arab, it doesn't matter they're all hot.

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today at work, some coworkers and i were talking about our ethnicity and heritage. one of them, who is peruvian, told another coworker that she spoke spanish and that she was born in the south american country. the coworker who was told this acted really surpised and said that she always thought she was arab. my coworker has black hair, black eyes, and caramel skin so i didnt think much of the comparison. but she got really upset and annoyed by being confused as an arab. so im thinking is it an insult, a compliment, or neither to be confused as being an arab? furthermore, is she a racist?
Naw, your co-worker is either overly sensitive or very particular. Some people just don't take to being confused with other ethnic groups, even though many groups do resemble one another. She or he should just calmly and tactfully explain what he/she is and not assume that everyone automatically knows. But his/her reaction is not what I'd term racist at all.

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couldn't they tell by the way she speaks?
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Naw, your co-worker is either overly sensitive or very particular. Some people just don't take to being confused with other ethnic groups, even though many groups do resemble one another. She or he should just calmly and tactfully explain what he/she is and not assume that everyone automatically knows. But his/her reaction is not what I'd term racist at all.
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Uh, no.

Just a comment from a co-worker. Dumb comment.
Not very bright, why even say it at all.

Why assume anything is racist?

Can't people, co-workers, friends, just talk and
make comments? Even stupid, dumb comments that
annoy each other.



I've had people say that to me, Arab, South American,
Phillipino....how i fit into all those categories is beyond me.

Now, if they get my age wrong, that's insulting.... ha ha.

But, I just say, no I'm that rare thing: a 3rd generation
native Californian. Not many of us around.
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today at work, some coworkers and i were talking about our ethnicity and heritage. one of them, who is peruvian, told another coworker that she spoke spanish and that she was born in the south american country. the coworker who was told this acted really surpised and said that she always thought she was arab. my coworker has black hair, black eyes, and caramel skin so i didnt think much of the comparison. but she got really upset and annoyed by being confused as an arab. so im thinking is it an insult, a compliment, or neither to be confused as being an arab? furthermore, is she a racist?
Not really, I'm mixed but people never guess where I'm from exactly and it can get irritating.
and not all arabs have black hair, black eyes and caramel skin, so I can relate to her irritation

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I'm always confused for being Hispanic, but I don't find it offensive. Odd@her behavior.

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today at work, some coworkers and i were talking about our ethnicity and heritage. one of them, who is peruvian, told another coworker that she spoke spanish and that she was born in the south american country. the coworker who was told this acted really surpised and said that she always thought she was arab. my coworker has black hair, black eyes, and caramel skin so i didnt think much of the comparison. but she got really upset and annoyed by being confused as an arab. so im thinking is it an insult, a compliment, or neither to be confused as being an arab? furthermore, is she a racist?
Just being pragmatic.
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Maybe she's just proud of being a Latino
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I get annoyed when people in America think I'm African.
I'm sure it would be different somewhere like New York where they have more people from the Caribbean.
There's a lot of history between African vs West Indians
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I get annoyed when people in America think I'm African.
I'm sure it would be different somewhere like New York where they have more people from the Caribbean.
There's a lot of history between African vs West Indians
I know some stupid people who think the exact opposite.
Why are you annoyed?
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I know some stupid people who think the exact opposite.
Why are you annoyed?
For the same reason white Americans look at me surprised when they hear my accent.
Apparently I should be called Latiqua or something and talk in ebonics.
When my leasing manager talked to me on the phone, I went to meet her and she said "Oh! I thought you were white!"
What's wrong with being annoyed by incorrect assumptions?
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