How on earth did that ever get to a court of law.
After 45-year-old Miss Lindsay complained, an employment tribunal described Mr McAleese’s use of the words ‘golliwog’ and ‘golliwog jam’ as ‘unwanted’ and ruled that what he said amounted to ‘an isolated act of harassment’.
That was despite the fact that Mr McAleese had swiftly apologised to his co-worker after the incident in January 2009 and said he had not intended to violate Miss Lindsay’s dignity or to ‘create an intimidating, hostile, degrading or offensive environment for her’.
Three Appeal Court judges today upheld the tribunal’s harassment finding, even though Mr McAleese had spoken with his back turned, in a quiet voice and his comments were not aimed at Miss Lindsay, of Clapham, south London.
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noticed reading the article she was that offended it took 5 months to make a complaint ...
Which is implying he called her a gollywog and then pretended it was an innocent mistake.And Lord Justice Floyd agreed that the word ‘gollywog’ was ‘obviously racist and offensive’ if used in the presence of a black person.The most important issue in the case, he said, was ‘why did Mr McAleese say what he did? Was it because he knew he had used the word on the grounds of her race, but dressed it up as innocent chat? Or was it for some other reason?’
Is it fuck. That’s a hell of an assumption he making on behalf of ALL black people. And if I had a conversation with a black person in the context of discussing the Golliwog image as a tool of oppression and it’s history, that’s not ‘offensive’. It’s called using a word. Once again, the principle of the context a word is used in seems to have been ignored here.Lord Justice Floyd agreed that the word ‘gollywog’ was ‘obviously racist and offensive’ if used in the presence of a black person.
I could say the work Nigger. And I have done, in a discussion about the word with someone I knew who was (and still is as far as I know) black. He didn’t get offended and he didn't misconstrue the use in the context. I didn't use it as a tool to offend or insult and neither was this. Probably.
Mind you, we don't have a transcript of the offending conversations. He might have said 'Gollywog jam tastes of slaves' or something.
And now imagine the look on my face and what I told them when they came over to tell me that they had complained and hoped I wasnt offended. FFS
How about people just grow up?
Stop being horrible. Or risking sounding like you are. And if it happens, by genuine mistake, then apologise.
You get a chance to enter a plea before a court hearing. So act like an adult human being at that point too ...
"The effect Mr McAleese’s comments had on her, whilst upsetting, was ‘evidently short-lived’. He had quickly apologised and matters seemed to have settled down in the kitchen before Miss Lindsay lodged a formal grievance five months later."
FWIW, I've worked at the LSE and no one there would be under any misapprehension about how the LSE would deal with racism, so I actually doubt he would have said it in a directly offensive manner.