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We have a leader who likes to use casual rap slang (he’s a white male) to be funny. Nothing overtly offensive or derafatory, just like “word” or other things...just occasionally...though while speaking internally. I heard a couple complaints that it’s not sensitive (from people who are not of bipoc) - thoughts? Does this need a talk?

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I think because he thinks he’s being funny, it needs to be addressed. Mocking culture. Even if that isn’t his intent, it can come across that way. Even if he listens to hip hop music, he needs to be mindful.

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As long as it’s not derafatory... jk What’s casual rap slang? I’d hardly call saying “word” rap slang. But if it’s a corporate environment, and you have been conducting inclusion training and have sensitive personnel . It wouldn’t hurt to have a side bar with the leader and explain the optics. Internal or external. I always recommend folks pretend every message they send goes straight to the President/CEO of the company.

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Listening 👂 to this...

Can you come up with a better example than “word”?

Instead of “casual rap slang” I believe you mean African American Vernacular English (AAVE). And yes, that needs to be addressed for sure. You could always forward him this article if he doesn’t understand why it’s not ok: https://www.blackexplosionnews.com/blog/2017/9/19/st14l5tebhi71wsrezdvlnuv7ape96

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