CHARLESTON — Across America, corporations are now bringing in consultants to teach “sensitivity classes” that train liberals to be more tolerant of bigots.
“When a left-leaning employee calls a coworker ‘racist’ or ‘sexist,’ that’s incredibly hurtful,” explains Cindy Haltcress, whose firm conducts Political Diversity Training seminars throughout the southeast. “You risk creating a hostile work environment, something our clients naturally want to avoid. You should never use the term bigoted, for example. The preferred term is ‘tolerance challenged.’
“Or course, we’re not saying you have to laugh when someone tells an anti-Muslim joke, but certainly you should smile. You never want a coworker to feel judged or marginalized.”
Companies typically shell out between $1,500 and $3,500 for half-day sessions, but weekend retreats can set them back as much as $26,000.
Here, from the expert, are eight terms to steer clear of, and less-offensive alternatives:
Racist = “Not really into the whole multicultural thing”
Sexist = “Sees gender roles traditionally”
Homophobic = “Likes a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman”
Anti-Muslim = “Pro-Christian”
Anti-semitic = “Not fond of those New Yorker types.”
Xenophobic = “Puts America first”
Prejudiced = “Has an old-fashioned world view”
Transphobic = “Doesn’t get that Bruce Jenner stuff”
Copyright C. Michael Forsyth