Girl: So I have this friend with an eight-month-old baby, and she named him ‘Color.’ It’s a little weird, because the baby’s dad is African-American… But the baby looks really white, so that makes it better. Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Coworker #1: Hey, Shaniqua can you hand me that coffee?
Coworker #2 (very angry): My name is not Shaniqua–that's racist. Just because I'm black doesn't mean I have a name like that.
Coworker #1 (defensively): That isn't racism–it's a joke. Calling someone by a name that isn't theirs isn't racist. You shouldn't be so quick to call someone a racist.
Coworker #3 (after some consideration): I thought about what you said earlier and you're right. Besides, everyone is racist to some degree. Even myself. I find that I'm racist against fat people even though I don't mean to be. Duluth, Georgia
Co-worker #1: How was your lunch?
Co-worker #2: It was okay. We had an old Greek waitress. I didn’t care for her too much.
Co-worker #1: Was it the fact that she was old or Greek?
Co-worker #2: It was a combination. Greeks are a weird people. 444 Park Avenue South
New York, NY
Boss: I don't know if it's because she was black, and I'm not used to hiring black people, but I just didn't get a good feeling from her.
Sales guy: Yeah, plus, her eyes were kind of red.
Boss: A black alcoholic. That's just what we need. Los Angeles, California
Latino guy to new coworker girl: Nice to meet you. What do you do?
New coworker girl: I'm an art director. What are you?
Latino guy: I'm Latino. Advertising Industry Party
New York City, New York
Supervisor to dark-skinned Indian employee: Were you out much this weekend? You are so tan.
473 Ridge Road
Dayton, New Jersey Overheard by: office peon
Fat old creepy guy interrupting three Asian girls: So how old is this guy?
Asian girl #1 (looking awkwardly at friends): 18.
Asian girl #2: Yeah. (laughs) She likes them young.
Fat old creepy guy: Oooh! (pause) You can train him! Get a collar and a leash and a big stick like the ones my kids use to whack their pigs! Sacramento, California
Secretary: Aw, look at you. You look so ethnic today.
Secretary: You look like you should be seating people at a Chinese resturaunt.
Secretary: No, in a good way… 72 Wall Street
New York, NY
Editor: His name is Kobe.
Office manager: Kobe? Is he white?
Office manager: Pure white? Delray Beach, Florida Overheard by: Lois Lane
Boss: Are you homophobic?
Employee: I have an African American cousin! Of course I'm not homophobic! Nashville, Tennessee