Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Play the race card

Thanks to Rory Connor for this link from the Sunday Independent.

(The Sindo tells us that the author, who can't be named as she'd be crucified by the PC Thought Police, has been a medical professional for many years.)

When Bad Workers Play The Race Card - Sunday Independent, 30 November 2008

'YOU'RE nothing but an Irish racist bully; you talk down to me because I'm black!"
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I stayed seated at my desk while the outraged nurse towered above me. With her arms akimbo and voice-a-bellow, I might have been cowed by her stance, except with this particular person, unfortunately, it was nothing new.

I stayed silent for a while and just bided my time, watching her. She had uttered the magic word used by many care staff and nurses I'd met in my 25-year nursing career to get them out of trouble -- 'racist'. This nurse wasn't racist. Nope. She didn't care what race the staff of the institution were -- Polish, Filipino, and Irish staff, all were intimidated, sulked at and terrorised in equal fashion.
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She wasn't ageist either. It didn't matter what age the patients were, all were pulled roughly into or out of their chairs, beds or wheelchairs; and name calling of the more confused, such as 'stupid', 'liar' and 'crazy' were commonplace. And this was only the start of her list of attributes.
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To my shame, yes, I was racist. If she had been an Irish nurse, I would not only have read her the riot act, I would also have got her suspended and reported her to the Nursing Board's Fitness to Practise committee on first encountering her behaviour.
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This was at least my third attempt to reason with her. Sometimes, where ignorance is bliss, the folly of wisdom makes cowards of us all.
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Two other foreign workers were employed in another institution where I spent time on the staff. Their problem was that they were constantly late for work and exhausted when they did turn up. They worked separate shifts, one the day and the other the night. Their obvious exhaustion made them perpetually irritable and short-tempered.

When at last, after numerous complaints from staff of different ethnic origins, a senior manager called one of them aside for a chat, the excuse was enlightening. Apparently, the couple had small children, but because their object in working was to save as much money as possible to send back to their native country in preparation for going home, they would not countenance spending money on child-minders.

Therefore, when one arrived to work with the children in the car, the other took over at the end of the shift. The obvious exhaustion and time delay factors aside, child safety -- when the night duty parent was grabbing a few hours' sleep -- raised serious issues. Apparently the television was as overworked as the parents. Numerous diplomatic efforts were made by the manager to highlight the difficulties from the perspective of the institution where they worked.
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A doctor from an African country was less than fastidious when it came to hand-washing between patients. He was also curt to the point of rudeness -- not a great attitude to have in any doctor. In fact, he usually bypassed the 'time-wasting' cleanliness in favour of getting the work done.

The issue of infection control, especially with open wounds, was of huge concern to other staff, but insane as it may sound now, none of us felt able to tackle him. This was in the pre-MRSA publicity days. We complained and though he was eventually dealt with, we felt guilty for having delayed at all in complaining.
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Our delay was possibly because we feared being accused of racism and, as a result, we allowed that fear to take second place to good professional judgement. Worse, there may have been an element of racism on our part in that subconsciously we thought that perhaps, because of his background, his hygiene training might not have been as good as our own. What we should have realised straightaway was that he was a lazy, grumpy sod.
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And in not acting because of fear of being thought racist, we did ourselves and, more importantly, our patients, a disservice.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think maybe the way to go on this one is to agree that one is a racist and let them make a formal complaint.
Its not illegal to be a racist.I have a feeling if the silent oppressed majority start publicly expressing that we are racists and that we have utter contempt for these people the system will be overwhelmed and then these people will be on the defensive for everything.

Given the approaching economic depression we need systemic organised opposition to non nationals ,especially nigerians and romanians.
These people are hostile to our interests ,our sovereignty and our well being .
This is not something to be mediated or negotiated .These people are enemies of the Irish State and its time thay are treated as such.

Anonymous said...

Interesting how this medic felt forced to coceal his/her identity.

Anonymous said...

anonymous 17.36. this is a great suggestion. if i understand you right, what you;re suggesting is that we (whites) take 'racist' complaints too. This is great as we can use exactly the same arguments as have been designed to be used against us.

Lovely.

Terry B.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 17:36 has it almost right. I don't think it is to ones own advantage to admit being a racist in most contexts, but one shouldn't be cowered by the racist label. The conversation could have gone something like this. "If you think I am a racist then by all means, file a complaint. Meanwhile, your poor performance is endangering patient safety and that is unacceptable."

SAVANT said...

anonymous 1.22. I think what Terry and the other anonymous are saying is that the medic in this case should have taken a case against the cultural enricher for 'racism'.

That's the key issue as I see it. 'Racism' is all one way as it stands. If whites start flooding the system with complainst of racism, like this medic could have done, it'll bring the whole racket out into the open, and also flood the system.

Thats' my take on what gthey're saying and i think it's great.

Jack The Ripper said...

I was on the receiving end of being accused of being a racist by a indian couple when not getting their own way. It is nothing more than using whatever means they can to get what they want.Do not give in and treat these manipulators with the contempt they deserve.

Anonymous said...

Turn the tables on them. If they accuse you of racism lodge a complaint against them for 'racism'.. Thats right. Will set them back on their tracks and gum up the system!

Anonymous said...

anonymous 03 December 2008 17:36...your attitude is typical of an insular attitude that has always existed in Ireland...a DeValera era, protectionist, navel-gazing self-obssession that just now takes the form of dislike of immigrants ....instead of the British ..or whoever..

grow up

Anonymous said...

In South Africa racism is now legislated as a criminal offence.
No admission of guilt fine payable,no bail payable until the first court date.

If someone charges you with racism,you get arrested and then you sit and wait, for days, in a police station holding cell until the truck takes you to court.
(A Hidden blessing is that a white may also charge a black with racism if one feels wronged.)

Irish,please be careful,that one of your overzealous politicians/parties in Ireland, doesn't push for the same type of legislation just to score politically correct brownie points and to exert more power and instill more fear in the white Irish populace.
You end up with a conrtry full of citizens "living" in court.

Anything is possible.
CapeTownCynic

Ben said...

Interesting article on ethnocentrism on vdare:

"One of the great intellectual divides is the venerable nature/nurture dichotomy.

Conservatives tend to be on the side of nature:

Race exists as a biological reality; there are race differences in socially important traits like IQ; people’s brains are wired to prefer people like themselves; they are more likely to contribute to public goods like health care and education if the beneficiaries are of the same ethnic group; people trust others more if they live in homogeneous societies.

The left takes the opposite tack:

Race doesn’t exist; the idea that it does exist is a fantasy of moral reprobates. To the extent that differences in traits like IQ are interesting at all, they are the result of capitalism, discrimination, or general evil. If it weren’t for white people behaving badly, we could easily build a strong, racially diverse multicultural society where all people can live happily ever after."


http://www.vdare.com/macdonald/081125_ethnocentrism.htm

SAVANT said...

I've read this article. No prizes for guessing which version is more realistic.