That is a super tricky situation, especially within the role of a job title. I'd probably freeze or fly as well. Or say, "Huh?" because that's a confusing statement. Or, I'd get all weird because I'm half-Jewish and wonder if they hate Jewish people.
Covid is making a lot of think pretty deeply about how we interact with one another.
It's probably a great time to take the course "How to Communicate Like a Buddha" on DailyOm. ;P