FOX- A zoo in Illinois is investigating a controversial photo that some are calling “racist.”
The photo shows a woman wearing a Brookfield Zoo uniform with the caption:
“At work serving these rude (expletive) white people.”
The photo sparked outrage from some customers and was shared thousands of times of social media.
Zoo officials confirmed the woman is an employee. They said in a statement:
“Yesterday, we became aware of the actions of a single employee which we agree are unacceptable. This employee’s statements in social media are in violation of our policies and do not reflect our institution’s values. We have zero tolerance for these kinds of divisive behaviors. We treat all employment matters confidentially, but rest assured that we have taken prompt action to remedy the situation.”
I think we have gotten to the point where everyone should be well schooled in the art of what it appropriate and inappropriate for social media. Operative word being 'should'. Let me help this girl out for a second. Work selfie? Okay. Tagging your employer when your caption insults a certain race of people? Not okay. Maybe you should write that one down sweetheart. It might come in handy next time Mrs. Rosenblum wants to complain about the price of a souvenir cup and you get an itchy trigger thumb.
Now, like I said, this woman is certainly in the wrong, but she's probably not actually wrong. Does that make any sense? If I were her coworker right before she took that picture there is a good chance I would have been next to her saying 'damn, that lady was rude'. Alas, I am not black so I probably wouldn't have generalized my entire race. Regardless, this post may be inappropriate, it may even be insensitive, but I wouldn't call it racist. If this is racist then going to a rap concert and saying 'Wassup y'all? At Wiz Khalifa dealing with these loud ass black people' is racist. It's not something you should put out into the world, but it's also probably very true. White people are the worst when it comes to dealing with service employees, especially when it's in crowded places and they are with their snot nosed kids. This girl probably deals with rhetorical questions, misplaced anger, passive aggressive eye rolling and foot tapping all day. It's just how things are. White people, are entitled and ruthless when it comes to waiting for anything. We all have that one caucasian friend that is ready to stiff the waitress when his food isn't on the table and piping hot 10 minutes after ordering it. We've all had to bury our head in our hands when our mother threw a conniption in 'The Gap' about their return policy. Ever seen a bunch of white housewives waiting in line at Verizon technical support? That may be more of a zoo than the one in Brookfield, but that doesn't mean it's okay to label them animals online.