In all areas of professional life, racism is present. Although in certain settings and social groups, racism is practically overcome, there are still huge barriers that differentiate people by their ethnicity. Racism is much more than a discriminatory act: it is an institution that from the power elites is imposed on an entire society.
The MICE industry is not exempt from racism, and its workers are constantly harassed for this reason. However, it would be unfair not to recognize all the progress that has been made in this area. Many companies now have strict policies to prevent racist acts, as well as establishing inclusion policies towards ethnic minority groups. But this is far from being overcome, and we must be alert to when it happens. In this article, we bring you seven attitudes to quickly detect any racist activity and you can act accordingly.
1. Caucasian people preferred at trade shows
Especially in positions of booth administration, it is very common to find only Caucasian people. When this happens, it means that many talented people from other ethnicities got in the way by bias to their skin color.
2. Exclusion of people from other ethnic groups in public service
One of the most obvious symptoms of racism in the MICE industry is when only white staff is hired for public service. At times, many employers and hiring managers argue that people of dark skin color can provide a bad image to the company.
3. Uncomfortable silence
There are many situations where racism is evident without saying a word. When a person belonging to the dominant race ceases to express their opinions or to be in confidence because of the arrival of someone from another ethnic group, it is a sign of racism. This usually generates a huge problem in the stands of the exhibitions, because it weakens the work dynamics.
4. Questioning professional knowledge
It is one of the most frequent. Many people think that coming from a particular developing country or that by having a different skin color, professional knowledge will be very few or none. To avoid this kind of rejection, online recruiting platforms are becoming more popular, avoiding this type of thing.
5. Demonstration of distrust of persons of another ethnic group
When mistrust becomes manifest, it is time to act. If a person belonging to your work team has expressly told you that he or she does not consider you fit for a certain job because of your skin color, reporting to the authorities it is the right thing to do.
6. Racist and xenophobic jokes
Already speaking of much more obvious actions, some people continue to opt for the path of discrimination in the form of a joke. When someone makes a joking comment offensive against people belonging to a race, racism becomes evident and the denunciation happens to be possible.
7. "I am not racist, but ..."
Racists often start many of their sentences by saying "I'm not racist, but ..." If you are not racist, there are no buts worth. Anyone who raises doubts about the general behavior of a race can be cataloged as discriminating.