I may have flown off the handle with my reply, i am sure you people will put me right if i had, i was just so annoyed. I manage staff teams in my line of business and always recruit to equal opportunities within the recruitment and selection process. I was approached by a staff member from another unit, who in my opinion has appalling values and certainly would not have the skills to work with my client group, anyway he asked me if he could transfer and work in my unit, i replied politely "no", i didn't think he would have the skills or the patience to work in the unit. He replied nastily " Why, is it cause i am Black"?. I replied, " actually, it is you thats making the issue of being black, i never thought about it, its just that you have an appalling track record and your value base is bad and don't ever use that line on me again. he accused me of being racist. I feel really annoyed with myself for my response, could i have handled that better?.