ONE popular TikTok shows a Black woman having to tell her co-workers that ‘the porch monkeys’ are a racist slur after someone suggested it for a team name.
Jess (@curlyjess) filmed and posted video and has since been viewed more than 2.4 million times. In the footage, she’s on a work call.
“Monkey porch?” Ask a person who can’t see, who then asks if anyone has “any other ideas”. Jess insisted to say, “I’m going to say no to the porch monkey because it’s a racial badass.”
Several of Jess’s colleagues seemed surprised, with one saying “scratch” the proposal.
Jess further explained in the comments: “All explained, we were trying to figure out my name and colleagues, old and southern people suggested porch monkeys and gave some reasons. why but it has nothing to do with us. company and what we do. No one objected. The person who interrupted me was also trying to tell the team that. “
“Who suggest it definitely knows it’s a racial slur,” one person commented.
Others concurred, including one who wrote, “It’s a term not everyone knows but also a specific term that should never be suggested by accident.”
“They knew it was a racial slur. Why do we have to explain racism to the enemy who created it,” said a third.
Another suggested that the person be “terminated immediately.”
“In what context does that have to do with the task at hand?! There are no excuses,” they added.
Jess also made a follow-up video in which she reiterates that it was an elderly woman from the “South” who “accidentally” suggested the racist obscene name as the team’s name. She said her boss apologized for the incident and provided her with human resources (HR) information.
The Daily Dot reached out to @curlyjess via a comment on TikTok.
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* First published: December 17, 2021, 1:23 p.m. CST
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