Coffee and Bile
As you know, I am a stay at home mum and my daily social life revolves around the people I meet through the kids. I live in a white middle class area, most of the mum’s are fine but I have come across some hideously racist women and I wonder how other people deal with coffee morning racism. I’m talking about when you’re having a cuppa and cake with another mummy, talking about school, weather, soap powder etc. Someone maybe you’ve only met a couple of times in the playground, and then they hit you with a racist comment in between mouthfuls of carrot cake. I’ve heard things from “I think there are too many Jews round here” to “you can imagine how worried I was when I opened the front door and there was a big black man standing there”. My response to date has been to state firmly and clearly that I find those comments offensive and racist and do not agree with their views. I am left feeling really low that this filth tinkled out in such agreeable surroundings is obviously seen by many as perfectly acceptable and think I should do or say more, but don’t know what.