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Is this racism?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by MrsFBrown, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. I have just started in a new school. I'm Irish and in practically every class my accent has been mimiced by students. I have also been repeatedly asked to repeat words beginning with "th" the implication being that I will pronounce "th" as "t" ie. Tursday the tirtiet ... etc.
    I have been asked if I am a "traveller".
    I have heard the word "p-i-k-e-y" being murmured about me.
    I don't know how to tackle this or if I should just ignore it.
  2. YesMrBronson

    YesMrBronson New commenter

    I think it's xenophobia rather than racism. The Irish are not a race.
    Either way it ought to be dealt with the same.
  3. if they can see this rattles you, they've got you.Just smile and move on; they will look elsewhere in time.
  4. I find the sensitivity of some students to accents absolutely amazing. As an MFL teacher, I am saddened by their seeming inability to transfer this sensitivity and gift for mimick to their MFL studies.
    It certainly belies many claims of a lack of aptitude for languages. Hassling a teacher seems to be all the motivation that's needed!
  5. I have students who find my Southern accent odd. Generally speaking, I deal with it with humour, eg when they titter at the way I say ask, I add "that's how people in the South say the word that you pronounce as "ask" "(delivered with the strongest local accent.) At this point, they give up and accept that I speak differently.
  6. kittylion

    kittylion Established commenter

    It is certainly disrespectful if nothing else. If it continues after the initial novelty period then I would certainly do something about it - it's just plain rude to mimick people and they obviously view the p word as an insult, so they should be taken to task about this.

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