Being the only fearless writer on race and racial relations these days, I thought I would share something funny with you. This is, regrettably, a very true story. I work in an office. There are rows of cubicles, just like a Dilbert cartoon. I had promised something to a co-worker that I had to back out on. It wasn’t a big deal at all. I had to renege on my offer to assist with an account, because something else came up.
I sent word to my co-worker, let’s call him Paul, by e mail that I couldn’t help after all. Paul and I sit within earshot of each other, but not close. Just… in the same office. So, Paul read my e mail and yelled out (loud enough for everyone to year) YOU RENEGER! with great indignation.
What he was communicating is that I am one who reneges. This was true. However, if you shout those words ‘you reneger’, it sounds a little like ‘you’re a nigger’. In fact, it sounds exactly like that. Trust me, there is no longer any question of it.
Of course, we have a diverse workforce, which includes black employees, and now ‘Paul’ feels terrible. Me? I feel great. It was the funniest thing I have heard in some time, and I got this great anecdote to share. I should also mention that Paul is a cracker like me. Good work, Paul, you fucking racist. 🙂