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Colleague made racist remark on Facebook

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vivizone Tue 12-Feb-13 21:35:23

Keeping the FB theme that's on here today!
Not her first time. I suspect she is a EDL/UKIP supporter. Always with her Daily Mail tucked under her arm.
I just feel so cross. Cross that I know this muppet and cross with myself for not saying anything. Made worse by another colleague 'liking' the comment and replying 'too right, too right'.
We work for a really professional organisation. A very well known org.
Would it be wrong to report it at work? I will delete both of them although the woman who wrote the status is a right loud bully. I am shocked and really disappointed in collg who commented. Quiet as a church mouse and she shares that type of thinking.
Both me and collg who commented on the status are non white if it makes any difference.
Sorry for typos. Typing on phone.

moondog Tue 12-Feb-13 22:04:55

Indeed. If your initial response is to liquidise the person who made these remarks, does it make you any better than her or him? A reasoned attempt to explain offence caused is surely a better course of action than 'screwing someone over'

If the profile is linked to the company (eg "works at") then a racist remark can be considered to bring the company into disrepute.

I guess it depends slightly on the nature of the company. If it is say a law firm specialising in equality legislation then it would be hugely damaging; if a clock factory then less so.

Commenting on the post "this is just untrue" might be a decent starting point, if it is one of those ghastly chain post things like the faked "immigrant benefits" leaflet.

Catmint Tue 12-Feb-13 22:06:31

Agree with the posts that say that you should find out what your org's social media policy is.

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 22:08:19

Squeaky and HoHoHo...I don't want to second guess OP but I suspect she gave the info regarding the fact that she and one colleague are non white so as not be accused of drip feeding down the line.

However if your colleague is also non-white, and yet liked the comment, is it not just a case of your own view of this rather than it really being racist?

Not an unreasonable observation, but a remark does not have to be anti non-white to be racist, surely?

olgaga Tue 12-Feb-13 22:09:26

I wouldn't raise the issue with either of them - but I would take screen shots and raise it with the manager.

If it's actually racist, why wouldn't you report it?

Dominodonkey Tue 12-Feb-13 22:11:50

"If it's actually racist, why wouldn't you report it?"

Maybe because we don't live in Oceania....

HollyBerryBush Tue 12-Feb-13 22:14:48

I suspect she is a EDL/UKIP supporter. Always with her Daily Mail tucked under her arm.

funniest thing I've read all week on MN

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 22:15:36

If it's actually racist, why wouldn't you report it?" Maybe because we don't live in Oceania....

But surely calling people on their racism wherever it's found is a good thing?

Having said that, vivi unless your colleagues' FB accounts are actually linked to your place of work (in which case I think you should report them) I would do nothing other than delete them on FB and give them a very wide berth in real life too

vivizone Tue 12-Feb-13 22:16:16

The comment: 'in a crowded bus. Don't recognise this country any more. The smell is repugnant. I am sitting next to a Muslim guy with a large rucksack. I can honestly say I am scared in case bus blows up! thinking of getting off the next stop'

Comment: 'Too right, too right'.

Have just checked again and colleague who commented has made another comment of 'Hope you got home safe' blah blah.

grovel Tue 12-Feb-13 22:17:31

What did the person say?

I don't know your definition of racism.

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 22:17:42

Oh good grief Vivi that is far worse than I imagined. Effing disgraceful.

squeakytoy Tue 12-Feb-13 22:18:51

Well yes, that is a very immature and racist comment. I wouldnt report it at work though. I would simply post underneath "you are aware that not all muslims are terrorists, and not all terrorists are muslims".. and then defriend her.

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 22:20:26

I am shaking with rage Vivi and not just on your behalf, but on behalf of jsut about evry decent person I know.

If I weren't so bloody lily livered I would be adding some very forthright comments of my own!

vivizone Tue 12-Feb-13 22:21:10

This is not the first time but normally she makes immigration status. The copy and paste ones.

Biggest mistake of mine accepting friend requests from work people.

I didn't comment on her status.

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 22:22:33

I think Squeaky has got it right...but it only addresses one of several incredibly offensive elements.

If your workplace is identifiable through your colleague's account then this is surely a disciplinary matter.

OutragedFromLeeds Tue 12-Feb-13 22:22:42

Shaking with rage?! Really?

Southeastdweller Tue 12-Feb-13 22:23:04

moondog Why shouldn't she get screwed over?!

fridgepants Tue 12-Feb-13 22:23:28

That's...ignorant in both senses of the word. Why would you think posting that in a public place - which Facebook essentially is if it contains your real name and place of work - is remotely a good idea?

BluelightsAndSirens Tue 12-Feb-13 22:23:30

For a start I would delete her and the other colleague immediately and then think about what you want to do.

Dominodonkey Tue 12-Feb-13 22:23:50

"But surely calling people on their racism wherever it's found is a good thing?" - Yes, but calling someone on it is not the same as running to the boss about something in her personal life.

Yes it's offensive but actually she is entitled to her (racist and offensive) opinion. I really don't know what you would be reporting her at work for unless for the fact that she is clearly incredibly stupid and thus incapable of doing her job properly....

Either call her on it or defriend and ignore.

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 22:24:30

Outraged...yes, really and literally shaking with rage. Any good reason why I shouldn't be?

Southeastdweller Tue 12-Feb-13 22:25:31

Screenshot before you defriend her, obviously, if you choose to.

vivizone Tue 12-Feb-13 22:26:09

I am ashamed to say it but the thought of being responsible for someone potentially losing their job etc is a bit much for me. I am ashamed to say I won't report it at work. She has young children.

I have no respect for her. The colleague who commented to her post has probably wowed me more.

I feel ashamed I haven't got a backbone. I am normally quite detached and can get on with it.

gordyslovesheep Germany Tue 12-Feb-13 22:26:46

no Domino - which is why people have suggested she actually checks out the organisations social media policy and seek advice?

If she is working for an organisation that requires staff to treat people equally and respect diversity her views are worrying

OutragedFromLeeds Tue 12-Feb-13 22:27:18

...because there are so many example of crap like that on facebook you must be constantly shaking with rage?! Not to mention all the far, far worse things that people say and do. It seems a strong reaction to something an idiot you don't know posted on FB.

Perhaps get some 'Kalms' or something?

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