I am wondering how many of us actually have had problems containing our Roseanne-esque bitterness or elitism? or have strayed over the bounds of political correctness? How often do you practicing planners have had to deal with folks (professional and/or citizen) who really have no idea they are being racist/elitist/closed-minded?
a) Every dang day! I am surrounded!
b) It's the public who drive me nuts with their stupidity!
c) My coworkers are Nazis and/or KKK.
d) Monkey see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
e) Certain issues bring out the crazies. NIMBY especially.
f) I have been lucky/oblivious so far and don't deal with that stuff.
It must be extremely taxing to be diplomatic all the time. I would really like to hear how some of you have handled these types of situations.
As city planners and inherently idealistic I think we have a sixth sense about where and when we can let our mullets down and get less pc. It is our job to make decisions based on the needs of the greater population not one class over another. Mullet or not...chickens in the livingroom or not...white trash or not...
I completely understand the need for being 'polite' in greater society and in one's workplace or school. I do apologize to any white trash I may have offended by my remarks in this and any other thread. I thought I was safe because I didn't think white trash had access to the internet . (just a joke) And...I pre-apologize for any remarks I may make in the future, 'coz ah ain't-a kepping my mouf shut!
Isn't it just about laughing at ourselves? Some may consider me, yes me, "yankee white trash". I've done some pretty trashy things in my life and associated with some Jerry-Springer-like people and have had great times. Some members of my own family fail to see the value in some of my choices. Does my past give me the right to make fun at the expense of my trashy cousins? Yep it do! BUT...I wouldn't put my biting wit to use at work, school or around sensitive types.
I may be way out there, but....I thought this forum was casual.