I am African-American and male. Two weeks ago as I was leaving work for the day, one of my co-workers yelled “Be careful out there! There could be police officers and we would hate it if you were shot!” This co-worker (Bill) is not a friend of mine outside of work although we have always gotten along on the job. The whole place went silent after Bill yelled that. I just shook my head and left. No one followed me out to my car and no one has said anything to me about it since, except for Bill. The next morning, he came up to me and said he realized that his comment was probably offensive to me even though he had meant it to be a joke about police officers. He was sincere and seemed truly chagrined about sticking his foot in his mouth (his words). I accepted his apology and harbor no hard feelings. We all say stupid things at times, me included.
Here’s my problem. I know it is not a legal matter or something that should be reported to management. Still, it really bothers me that none of the people standing by said anything when the comment was made or to me about it later. Should I let it go or tell them what’s on my mind? Do you think I am being over-sensitive, or are my co-workers a bunch of jerks?
— Still Irritated