To those who have been eagerly awaiting the appearance of this week’s questions, I offer my sincere apologies. It would seem that the car isn’t entirely finished with its “technical difficulties,” and a good portion of the afternoon was spent dealing with this problem.
This week’s questions, though, has little to do with such problems.
Before this week’s questions, Otowi of “Otowi” was first to play last week for the second week in a row. Congratulations!
Here are this week’s “Saturday Six” questions. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your journal…but either way, leave a link to your journal so that everyone else can visit! To be counted as “first to play,” you must be the first player to either answer the questions in a comment or to provide a complete link to the specific entry in your journal in which you answer the questions. A link to your journal in general cannot count. Enjoy!
1. Considering all possible factors about a person that make us different, like age, appearance, religion, race, origin, sexual preference, etc., with 10 being the most prejudiced and 1 being the least, how do you think you would rate yourself?
2. You’re having a problem with a product or service and you call customer service. You are finally connected with someone who has a thick accent that sounds difficult to understand. What is the first thing that goes through your mind?
3. A co-worker you like tells you that his or her church is holding an “open house” and is encouraging people of other faiths to visit. You and your co-worker are of different faiths. How likely would you be to attend?
5. You lose a big promotion to someone who you considered to be less qualified than you are, despite the fact that you are only going by instinct in making that determination. If your boss later pulls you aside and explains that because of a growing effort to promote diversity, the other person was selected over you. What would your first reaction likely be?
6. Your car breaks down in a neighborhood in which everyone is of a different race than you: are you more likely to be uncomfortable?
If you have a Reader’s Choice question you’d like to see asked (and answered), send me an email! I’d love to be able to include it in a future edition of the Saturday Six.
MY ANSWERS: 1. I would like to think I’m at a 4 or 5 or so…which, admittedly, is 3 or 4 too high.
2. My first reaction would be to wonder why a business would place on its “front lines” of communication someone who makes communication difficult.
3. I would probably go, because I’m curious about other people’s beliefs and feel I can be exposed to them without fear of compromising my own.
4. You Are a Little Prejudiced
You can’t help but judge people a little based on your personal biases. But you tend to be aware of your prejudices, and you fight them the best you can. Most people are more like you than they’d care to admit… but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t change. Remember to take each person as an individual. It’s not fair to judge someone based on their background or subculture.
5. I would resent a policy designed to solve one problem by creating another. I would then wonder if my boss was trying to encourage me to leave by telling me such a thing.
6. Growing up in the South, where racial tension is fairly higher than normal, I’d say that yes, I’d be uncomfortable, but for a slightly different reason: there are lots of people who automatically dislike people of other races here. Not for any specific reason, other than assumptions. More than anything else, I think if I were uncomfortable, it would be because I would be somewhat afraid of running into someone who might not be a fan of people of my race.
Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.