A Black woman is speaking out against her former employer after she was fired for making a comment that offended her co-workers. Christine Turner says she was fired after joking with co-workers that she was “light-skinned.”
Turner who is Black and considers herself “light-skinned” had an verbal exchange with two white co-workers which afterward they complained about the comments. Turner was later fired from Green Dot Stables for the comments.
“How do you tell me that two white women were offended by it?” Turner told WDIV. Green Dot Stables is an Detroit eatery released a statement following the incident that read, “We respect the privacy of our employees and do not discuss personnel matters.”
According to the company’s employee handbook racial jokes are not allowed, which employees can be terminated for disobeying the rule.
“To take a policy that was out in place to protect minorities and people of color and use it against a person of color because a white person was offended is a f*****g perfect example of white supremacy,” Turner said.
On May 24, Turner led a protest in front of Green Dot Stables with dozens of supporters, including her friend Nicole Stuckey.
“I’m really white, but I know I’m not light-skinned,” Stuckey said. “I know this term is used in the Black community, and she was joking about herself. And I believe that.
“To me it’s a typical case to where a white person takes offense for something that is not directed at them. You have the responsibility to educate yourself. On culture, on language, on everything.”
Turner isn’t really fighting to be re-hired, however, it is simply attempting to get Green Dot Stables their mistake. said friend Derek Grigsby.
“I’m sure Christine doesn’t want her job back but they should at least apologize, and make sure they what I like to call ‘repent,’ meaning change your ways,” Grigsby said.