Dear white guy,
I get it. You grew up in a neighborhood where all the faces looked like your own. There may have been a few brown faces during your elementary and high school years. There were probably a handful more if you went to college. This isn't your fault — I mean, you can't help where you grow up. So you left this haven and went into the "real world."
And that's where the trouble came in. You're encountering so many new people! Black guys, Jewish women! So you inevitably say some dumb ish that either elevates white people to god status or marginalizes people of color in such an abysmal way that we can't believe a person actually said it out loud.
But don't worry, white guy, we got you. We reached out to women and asked them to share the most out-of-pocket and offensive things that have been said to them — nearly all in a professional setting. So here's a handy-dandy list of just a few things that you should definitely, absolutely never ask, say or do to a person of color, OK? (These happened. For real. I can't make this ish up.)
Print it out, and put it on your desk. Make it your screensaver. Pin it. And not sure what other things you shouldn't say to other people? This hashtag should help. You're welcome.
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