You are absolutely, 100 percent correct. Tough skin is absolutely essential. Racism and bigotry, however, is not only not important, but not wanted, needed, and in my case, I have little tolerance for. As a former resident of the DC area, I am appalled that a fellow public safety official (fire, police, or EMS) would find that funny. I'm sure that my friend in the DC police department wouldn't find it funny either.Tough skin is important in this line of work.
I have a sense of humor. I also am tolerant. I can't believe that after posting such a blatantly racist comment, you would then attempt to excuse it by saying people where you work are more 'tolerant'. Tolerance of racism is not a positive attribute.I do apologize to those... but I guess I was hoping for people here with a sense of humor.
Like I said... I live in Washington DC... I guess unless you live here, you wouldn't understand.... Moderators, you can remove my profile... I haven't been here long, but I guess the people I work with are more tolerant than the people of the world... In this job, if you cant make fun of anything, including yourself... you don't belong in it. I would rather talk to my fellow firefighters and police officers who can handle it anyway...