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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.

Theicingontop Sun 17-Feb-13 08:42:59

Bessie, I don't think being 'politically correct' comes into it.

If they're wankers, they're wankers. If they nod wisely to themselves and think, "Well they ARE muslims, after all" they are the wankers. The colour of their skin or their mad guess at their religion (how brown is too brown to be a muslim, btw? hmm) shouldn't come into it.

Bessie123 Sun 17-Feb-13 08:45:39

They are not wankers, they (mostly) do not mean to be racist. But they are racist and I expect it happened very slowly and incrementally and they didn't notice it happening.

TotallyBS Sun 17-Feb-13 09:03:28

If the workmate was a cop or teacher or benefits front desk person or similar then I would report her to the boss/supervisor.

But if she is an accounts clerk for example then her views, although abhorrent to most people, are her personal views and have no impact on her job.

I would simply block her but if you want to make your feelings known then defriend her. I certainly wouldn't ruin her career because you and most of us don't like her politics.

Southeastdweller Sun 17-Feb-13 09:18:48

Totally I suggest reading the whole thread.

TotallyBS Sun 17-Feb-13 09:22:08

The friend made a racist post on fb about Muslims. What have I missed South?

Southeastdweller Sun 17-Feb-13 09:26:05

About the people the colleague she's working with and that it's likely that her company would take some kind of action against her views.

TotallyBS Sun 17-Feb-13 10:03:10

South - I went through the thread again.I think people universally regard the comments and the woman as being racist. But I don't see why the people saying it's got nothing to do with work are apologists for racism.

As I said above, if your job is customer facing or you are in a position of trust like a cop or a teacher then those racist comments should be dealt with by the employer.

But that doesn't seem to be the case unless I missed the OP saying that they are teachers for eg.

At work I have people who are homophobic, sexist, ageist, and even socialist smile I avoid being next to them at the work piss ups. I certainly wouldn't try to get them fired for being arse holes

ChazsBrilliantAttitude Sun 17-Feb-13 11:04:13

I do think that part of the problem is seeing certain groups as other based on factors such as religion or skin colour. I also see some people being quick to blame immigration for changes that were happening anyway. The increase in urbanisation, change in traditional industries and greater geographic mobility have all had and are still having a major effect in some areas, it's not all down to the Poles or the Muslims.

BigAudioDynamite Sun 17-Feb-13 14:58:08

Sorry bessie, I did misinterpret your post. I don't think I'm dim though smile

BarbJohnson5 Sun 17-Feb-13 16:16:42

I think they're being insensitive and want the attention from FB posters/onlookers. People never fail to fall for the post everything on FB, to the point where they post any and everything without thinking of the consequences. If they were being racist, they should be reprimanded or even sacked by the company they represent for it.

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