I've got a problem. Maybe someone can give me some insight.
Ever since the election of Pres. Obama, my Black coworker has become more & more combative and confrontational. All of a sudden it is all about race. I don't know what do to about it! Race has never been an issue between us...until now. All of a sudden it is "my people" this & "my people" that over the elections. Well, isn't Obama's victory a win for ALL PEOPLES...not JUST Blacks?? WTF? Obama is for ALL people...not just Blacks. All of a sudden....things are just...different.
Today, to my horror, my coworker told a 9 year old Black student (whom I get along with pretty darned well) that "she doesn't like her own kind..." because they were disagreeing over something as trivial as time-shares. OMG! I almost stopped the van! You can't say that to a child! WTF was she thinking? Or was she thinking at all?? We argued about it all the way home...I could not believe what I was hearing. She, after 6 or so years of working peacefully together, was telling me I was a racist!! That I put on an act for the Black children. *face-palm* I'm a kid at heart (anyone watching any of my tutorial videos can plainly see that), all I want to do is have fun. I want the kids to feel at home on my van...while my coworker wants everyone to act like a "proper" adult. Okay...children....arn't supposed to act like adults...they are CHILDREN!! If a child does not want to talk on the van, they don't have too...but this one student is a real talker. An open book. She tells us everything. I don't mind...but my coworker seems to. She keeps saying she has an attitude problem...but I have not seen that at all. I'm blind to it because of the "Act" I supposedly put on. I dunno...maybe she is going senile?
Okay, but wait...there is more to be told. This racial thing did not crop up until AFTER Obama was elected as President. Since then it has been one thing after another. I had ignored most of it up till now, but now....now it cannot be ignored. I am a nonracial White woman. I don't care if you are flippin PURPLE WITH GREEN HAIR, you don't say "you don't like your own kind..." to a child!! It's wrong in so many ways!
So....she was not hearing me because she was set on labeling me a racist...maybe because the aforementioned child and I get along well & she is jealous about it (that's just childish), I don't know. Everything I have said or done is now wrong by her. My openness with children is wrong. Treating them as equals is wrong.
So I called up the boss. I didn't want to...but this has gotten out of hand and out of control. The boss agreed that the statement was not appropriate in any way, shape, or form & that it may jeopardise her employment. Great. Not what I wanted to do by a long shot. I don't know how to handle her growing hate & separatus (sp??) attitude. She's become such a hateful, unhappy person...always complaining about how much she doesn't make & how much she doesn't like the job. Always calling the kids "little brats & demons" when they are not around. She is so angry. She never used to be. I dunno what to do but I do know I do not like being around her anymore. She emanates a distasteful energy now-a-days. I come home angry & upset myself just from being around her & having to deal with her anger. We used to be so open to one another, talk about everything...but now, since Obama was elected...thing with her have changed & I find myself not able to understand why.
Until next time...
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