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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.

HollyBerryBush Tue 12-Feb-13 22:28:24

People are frightened at the speed of immigration - granted media hype doesnt help much - nonetheless it is a real fear. And yes education or lack of is a quite a part of the root of it.

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 22:28:33

"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 I agree, which is why I would only recommend it if the workplace is identified/identifiable. I run a small business and in fact I am not friends with any of our employees on FB, but our policy of not showing us up with contentious/inflammatory remarks is well documented (and accepted!). It may be a staff member's personal point of view but if made in the workplace it can be deemed to be management's opinion too!

Southeastdweller Tue 12-Feb-13 22:28:53

Are you going to say something to this low-life, then?

claig Tue 12-Feb-13 22:32:43

'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 think you are right here. I couldn't live with my conscience if I got somebody sacked for saying something I objected to.

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 22:33:15

*...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? *

How ridiculous. Perhaps I am really lucky with my FB friends but I have never come across anything like it on my feeds! And yes people do far worse things, but surely the remarks here are about as offensive as you can get, particularly within the context of racial stereotyping. But yes, the person saying it was clearly an idiot, I'll give you that.

hermioneweasley Tue 12-Feb-13 22:34:01

I doubt she'd be sacked for that, but would probably get a warning and would hopefully think twice about posting poisonous racist comments on FB, and fewer of those can only be a good thing.

KeepingCalmAndPostingNicely Tue 12-Feb-13 22:35:54

shock at the 'shaking with rage' person. Really? But - really? Dear me - talk about dramatic!

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 22:36:25

Don't be ashamed Vivi....there are far far worse things you can say or do than not want to land someone in it.

As I've hinted, I would probably do the same. But let's be clear. If you (or anyone else at work) were to report her and she lost her job, the responsibility would be hers>

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 22:39:30

at the 'shaking with rage' person. Really? But - really? Dear me - talk about dramatic!

Oh for pete's is not my intention to be dramatic, but surely I cannot be the only person here who is sickened and furious that someone can think it is okay to spout nonsense like this. Worthy of a bit more than 'tsk tsk' surely!

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 22:41:37

And for the pendants solicitous ones amongs you, I guess I am not really physically shaking but my guts are churning/blood is that any better?

Goal Tue 12-Feb-13 22:43:06

Shaking with rage over the fact that someone suggested there was a link between Muslims and people blowing up buses? Really. My reaction is to think they are rather dim.

HollyBerryBush Tue 12-Feb-13 22:43:14

'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'

Fact: buses do stink. Public transport stinks, especially in damp weather when the heaters are on and all the polution, smoke, sweat and over due for dry cleaning smells start to evaporate out of clothes.

However that aside. 7/7? remember that? These things do happen. People are allowed to be frightened. No one gets it right all of the time.

the country was in the grip of rucksackophobia at one point.

HoHoHoNoYouDont Tue 12-Feb-13 22:44:02

Worthy of a bit more than 'tsk tsk' surely!. But not to the extent of getting someone fired. The person needs a good telling off, an opportunity to reflect on her actions and to apologise. If she sees no issues with remarks made then yes, it could warrant further action.

Southeastdweller Tue 12-Feb-13 22:45:10

I feel almost the same snowtime. Trash like her make me sick.

KeepingCalmAndPostingNicely Tue 12-Feb-13 22:46:01

Not really, no. Gut churning and boiling innards is for terrible things you know? Crimes against children/animals etc. Violence. Injustice. Repression. Some fuckwit makes a racist quip? Shake your head, strengthen your resolve and do what you can to educate those around you. Having a full on shaking rage fit is OTT and dramatic

Goal Tue 12-Feb-13 22:46:17

Blimey so now we give people a good telling off if we don't agree with them? We do have freedom of thought in this country you know. Her comments are ignorant and moronic, hardly worthy of acknowledgment

ChairmanWow Tue 12-Feb-13 22:47:05

No you're not snowtimelikethepresent. I'm pretty disgusted with that as well, and like you I don't see stuff like this on FB because I'm not friends with EDL-supporting Daily Heil readers. Sounds like she holds some pretty repellent views. I saw one bigoted post from an acquaintance and she was immediately unfriended, but it wasn't in the same league.

At the end of the day it's up to OP whether she reports it. I'd find it hard working with this person but equally she has kids. She could very easily get sacked for this. She has made a racist comment in the public domain.

At the very least I'd be having a word with her.

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 22:49:02


Shaking with rage over the fact that someone suggested there was a link between Muslims and people blowing up buses

Too bloody right I am...violence and terrorism are carried out by all creeds and colours and this kind of reductionism is not at all helpful. But in fact I am also angry at the correlation of immigrants and smelling, and on this subject Holly I think you may be being deliberately disingenuous...the remark was clearly aimed at the perceived immigrants on the bus rather than the mass of humanity. And yes Hohoho if you read my posts that is pretty much what I said.

wigornian Tue 12-Feb-13 22:49:30

I must say, UKIP and EDL are hardly the same. Nigel Farage is married to a German, I can't see that going down well with EDL Skinheads. As a "non-White" person myself, whilst I see that companies will want to take an interest in things their staff may do that might reflect badly on them, I have always admired the venerable English tradition of liberty and free speech - which means letting people say things we don't agree with.

FiercePanda Tue 12-Feb-13 22:50:47

Report the comments on Facebook. If you hover your mouse over the top right corner of your colleague's fb status an X will show up (or it should anyway) - click it and report it for racist content. Then delete and block the ignorant twunt, and the colleague who agreed.

Goal Tue 12-Feb-13 22:51:11

I would be appalled that anyone thinks it appropriate to report someone o their employer for something that has nothing to do with their work. Orwellian

claig Tue 12-Feb-13 22:52:32

People on here are stereotyping about EDL/UKIP supporters with their Daily Mails tucked under their arms and "EDL-supporting Daily Heil readers" and she was stereotyping muslims with rucksacks.

People do have repellent views and they don't all think like us, but I don't think in most cases that they should lose their jobs over careless and unconsidered remarks that may not be a true reflection of what they really think.

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 22:52:46

Violence. Injustice. Repression. And which of these elements are missing from racism Calm...though you make a fair enough point with 'Sake your head' etc. As for the rest we shall have to agree to differ, and I shall be grateful that ancient as I am I have not lost my youthful idealism!

ChairmanWow THANK YOU I was almost (but not quite) beginning to doubt myself!

KeepingCalmAndPostingNicely Tue 12-Feb-13 22:53:23

wigornian I salute you. Sense at last. What will all you 'raging shakers' say when we no longer have the freedom to say something that you might find offensive? Quit with the shaking. If people want to say these things better to find out why and try to educate them. If you are able.

snowtimelikethepresent Tue 12-Feb-13 22:55:22

Calm, do zip it, there's a sweetie.

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