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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.

squeakytoy Tue 12-Feb-13 21:36:40

What was the comment?

ilovesooty Tue 12-Feb-13 21:40:24

What does your company's social media policy say?

moondog Tue 12-Feb-13 21:42:09

I wasn't aware that one is policed for being a memeber of UKIP or reading the Daily Mail.
Have FB rules changed?

saintmerryweather Tue 12-Feb-13 21:42:15

post 'what a fucking disgusting thing to say'

quoteunquote Tue 12-Feb-13 21:43:47

take screen shots,

and mention to your superiors that everyone(no names) could do with going on a few courses to help them deal with racism.

and ask them on the FB post if they would both be proud to wear those statements on a t-shirt.

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 21:45:20

Moondog could your missing the point be any more spectacular?

gordyslovesheep Tue 12-Feb-13 21:45:43

don't be obtuse Moondog the OP said it was a RACIST remark she objected to not the posters personal politics or news paper preference

take a screen shot, find out the organisations policy - then consider what you want to do next.

moondog Tue 12-Feb-13 21:46:07

Perhaps it could!
I am not clear on issue.

lurkedtoolong Tue 12-Feb-13 21:46:16

Be really naive and say that you think it's very brave of them to say such things publicly when your employers are so tough on public displays of racism...

(Much as I dislike the Daily Mail, reading it isn't automatically the same as being a member of the EDL)

squeakytoy Tue 12-Feb-13 21:46:48

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

Why do you suspect? Because she has a DM under her arm??? confused

Dominodonkey Tue 12-Feb-13 21:47:35

Was it actually a racist comment or one on immigration?

YANBU being unreasonable to be cross, unfriend her or call her on it.

Personally unless her post is actually suggesting violence or discrimination on racial grounds I think you are going too far in reporting her to your work.

WhateverTrevor Tue 12-Feb-13 21:47:38

What comment did you put?

manicbmc Tue 12-Feb-13 21:48:06

What Gordy said. Screenshot and report.

Dominodonkey Tue 12-Feb-13 21:48:44

Sorry for double 'being unreasonable!'

squeakytoy Tue 12-Feb-13 21:50:01

I also wonder why you are "friends" with a colleague on FB when you do not like her?? 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?

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 21:50:22

Okay well sorry if I misread you, but the issue is not so much whether reading the Daily Mail or belonging to UKIP are outlawed on FB (loathsome though both these things are they are still quite legal) but whether beliefs that are likely to be at home amongst them make for happy reading on FB and that the OP feels hurt and marginalised by them (as I probably would, although without knowing what they are I obvioulsy can't say for sure.


vivizone Tue 12-Feb-13 21:52:31

I will log on laptop very soon. My fingers hurt typing on BB phone. Will reply with details in a mo

moondog Tue 12-Feb-13 21:53:10

'although without knowing what they are I obvioulsy can't say for sure.'


LoganMummy Tue 12-Feb-13 21:53:53

One of my colleagues was fired for posting a racist comment on FB. It was done out with working hours, not connected to the company but as they had listed our company on their profile as where they worked our (very strict) social media use policy meant they lost their job.

If you feel that strongly then check your company's policy.

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 21:58:19

'although without knowing what they are I obvioulsy can't say for sure.'


sheesh Moondog you've done it again. I was just trying to be a bit open there...if the remark was racist I would have found it's just for the purposes of fairness I was trying to allow for the possibility that I might not have felt marginalised....oh forget it....'Gordy' used the word obtuse....seems fair enough to me!

Southeastdweller Tue 12-Feb-13 21:58:24

Oh yes, screenshot everything and report. Hope she gets screwed over.

Honestly, how thick are some people to do crap like this on Facebook?! They deserve everything they get.

LalyRawr Tue 12-Feb-13 22:00:15

My company also has a really strict social media policy. Basically anything you post on social media you should be willing to say to any customer who walks through the door.

People have been disciplined/fired for racist comments, insulting posts towards managers/customers/colleagues and the like.

My profile is on the highest privacy setting. Even if you search my exact name you cannot find me, I have only the colleagues I count as friends added and defiantly no managers.

Find out what your policy is and decide wether the comment is deserving of reporting to HR/management.

annie11 Tue 12-Feb-13 22:01:59

Snap, a couple of people I thought of as fairly good friends have shared offensive/ racist stuff on FB recently. I am a ( legal) immigrant who has always worked and paid taxes, so it really got my back up. I messaged them both, got an apology from one saying it was " bad humor", and nothing off the other.

Not sure if it's reportable, suppose as long as those people are not out with their pitchforks they are entitled to their opinions. Shame that some people believe everything Daily Fail and Nick Griffin say without questioning

Sorry to get on my soapbox, this is an issue close to my heart...

HoHoHoNoYouDont Tue 12-Feb-13 22:03:25

Thinking along the lines of Squeaky's last comment.

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