A car dealership in Doncaster has sacked an employee who made a racist comment about a Muslim customer, Tell MAMA can reveal.
The distressing incident only came to light after the Muslim man reviewed his dashcam footage after booking his car in for a routine service on March 18.
To protect their identity, we have declined to disclose the name of the dealership and anonymised their story.
Speaking to Tell MAMA, he revealed that the racist abuse occurred when the member of staff, described as being a white male in his forties, was driving his vehicle in the car and park and stopped to converse with a colleague. After discussing issues with the Muslim man’s vehicle to his colleague, he called him a ‘black c*nt’ and drove off further.
The Muslim man, who is South Asian, felt distressed by the racist abuse and made a formal complaint to the company and South Yorkshire Police.
After investigating the complaint, the company terminated the perpetrator’s employment.
Concerns, however, have been raised to Tell MAMA about the police investigation, including the length of time, and, that the matter would not be taken further, due to the racist abuse not occurring in view of the victim, from a legislative standpoint.
Tell MAMA is now liaising with South Yorkshire Police further on their behalf.
This example of racism and racialisation demonstrates how ‘radical’ forms of othering, concerned with power relations – be it in institutions, or, in this case, daily interactions, including on public transport or at places of business, harm Muslims.