I got confronted with a situation today that I haven't encountered in quite a while. I work as a biz dev manager for a tech company and had a very heated verbal exchange with a supervisor level client contact.
The gentleman(I use that term loosely)in question, blantantly misrepresented his companies intentions, so he could get the satisfaction of rebuffing my services. His actions were so pompass and unethical, that I conveyed (strongly) my annoyance with having my time wasted. Keep in mind, this is taking place in a very professional, white collar enterprise environment.
So he proceeds to call me, get this, a "punk ass white boy" (I'm 39). Yes, he's african american. His entire motivation was to show a pretense of interest, so he could rebuff and shoot down a white man....UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE. To say that I was pissed, is an extreme understatement. I'm 39, with a wife and child, thinking my days of knocking someone out of their shoes were over.
I handled it as professionally as I could stomach, and moved on. However, all day I've had to battle that part of me that's disgusted for not being more aggressive.
I know without a doubt that I did the right thing, but goddamn that guy needed his bell rung....I despise racial bullshit.