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Stick To Your Morals

This has been a pretty brutal start to my summer.

Within the last week, I have had to deal with some pretty heavy topics. It’s unfortunate that things have come to be this way, but I think I have made the best decisions I could have in light of the situation.

To be short as possible, this week I had to deal with someone making racial remarks in an interview, for a job I not only wanted but a job I also needed.

I will not provide names, nor company information; however, I want you to know this issue has been since taken care of in a responsible manner because I chose to speak out against it. This is a successful company and the problem is not with the values of the firm but instead resided with one individual. After informing the company about the situation, they supported me coming forward and addressing the issue. For this, I am thankful.

I felt it was important to tell you this because I know that it can be scary to stand up for what you think is right, especially as a new grad looking for a job. It took me half an hour to make the call because I feared hurting the career of another. However, I chose to make the call because what I realized was that what he said needed to be addressed.  I also knew that it was, and will continue to be, my responsibility to stick up for what is right and wrong and be true to myself.

Never become a bystander when unjust situations occur. If you witness something, speak out against it. We can only become better as a society if we speak up and make sure that actions which marginalize or discourage groups of people are corrected.

I feel relief that I dealt with the situation, I just hope that I never have to deal with something like this ever again.

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Taylor Noble blogged for the Student Success Centre from 2015 to 2016.

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