Alan May, you are my new muse! ;)
Alan posted a very, very good blog post, A Tale Of Two. If you have not read it yet, you really should. But what got my creative juices flowing was the "How would I handle this?" part of the blog.
Racism is right at the top of my pet peeves list. To be blunt: It's a stupid, antiquated attitude that should have been completely stamped out eons ago. Personally, I don't care if someone is neon pink with purple spots; their skin color and racial heritage do not make a difference to me. . . . it's their actions and who they are as a person that matter.
The fun thing about Alan's post is that I actually do know how I would deal with it . . . . And it's the main reason that I would make a terrible Realtor!
My response to the racist attitude of the seller would be something like this:
*jumping out of her chair, Phly runs over and claps a hand over the clients mouth and furtively looks at the ceiling*
Phly: "SHHHHH! Are you crazy? Do you want me to get my license pulled? You can't say things like that! They will hear you!"
Phly: "The government! Have you not heard of the new Inter-racial Diligence Information Observation Technology? Idiot!
Seller: "What did you just call me?"
Phly: "No! The Inter-racial Diligence Information Observation Technology or Idiot for short. It totally makes it illegal to even think about asking about the race of a buyer. I could get my license pulled for even talking about something like that!
*Phly pulls the seller out of their chair and drags them towards the door*
Phly: "Look, I'd like to help you. . really I would! But I also really want to keep selling houses if you know what I mean!"
Seller: "So you mean. . ?"
Phly: "Yep! They are listening in right now! So, since I've hit my one per day Idiot limit, we will have to talk about this another time."
*Phly shoves the seller out the door, quickly closes and then locks it. She mouths through the glass at the seller, "Idiots are everywhere!"*
I think everyone will agree with me that it would be best if I stick to blogging, and leave the Real Estate Market to the more tactful members of the human race. But, MAN! . . . . . What I would not give for five minutes with a hidden camera and then an upload date with You Tube after that experience! ;)