Black woman sits in a class along with racist chanting the “N” word 4/26/2019 (LONDON)

A black cleaner had to take time off work with stress after taking part in a diversity training course where the N-word was repeatedly shouted out.

Theresa Georges was racially harassed by the episode, an employment tribunal has ruled.

She had been working at a housing association in South Wales for two months when she was told to attend the course.

Trainer Lisa Hearn wrote the racist words ‘n*****’ and ‘P***’ on a flipchart. She then asked all 16 of those taking part, of whom Miss Georges was the only black person, to shout out derogatory words that came to mind.

As Miss Hearn went around the room she noted down the words chosen from the board and put ticks next to any that were uttered more than once, the Cardiff hearing was told.

The housing association argued that the exercise was intended to highlight that these words ‘were not to be used under any circumstances’.

But employment judge Alison Frazer said: ‘The word n***** was shouted out three times … the claimant was the only black person in the room and as such, she felt under pressure to say the “N” word but instead offered the word “cabbage”.’

Miss Georges was uncomfortable using this term, which is offensive to those with mental disabilities.

The judge, sitting with two colleagues, unanimously upheld the cleaner’s claim against her employer for racial harassment under the Equality Act.

In a written ruling, Judge Frazer said: ‘We accept that the use of the full “N-word” by the trainer and by the three others in the course had the effect of creating a degrading and offensive environment for the claimant and of violating her dignity.

‘The “N-word” is by its very nature a deeply loaded word with distressing racial connotations which, we find, would necessarily have caused the claimant to feel deeply offended and uncomfortable.’ After the hearing, Miss Georges said: ‘It was awful, I couldn’t believe what was happening. The whole scenario was offensive, pointless and crude.

‘There was no meaning to it, I don’t know what the trainer was trying to achieve.’

Miss Georges, who has remained out of work since, added: ‘I’ve done lots of diversity training in the past and never been subjected to an exercise like that.’


The cleaner was employed by the Pobl Group Ltd from January 4 to March 23 last year at its Clarence Place hostel in Newport. As part of her induction training she attended the diversity course at its main premises nearby on March 8.

The judge said the underlying purpose was entirely appropriate, but the chosen method of delivery was ‘a risky strategy’.

After the course Miss Georges felt in a state of shock. She was signed off work with stress after seeing her GP.

The following Monday she called her line manager Kirsty Thomas and said she was unable to come in because of the the effect of the training.

A week later, she wrote a letter of complaint to the company’s human resources team. This was later rejected. Miss Georges wrote: ‘She seemed to fixate on the N and P-words.

‘As we were going round the room I heard the N-word shouted out three times. I cannot express how uncomfortable I was feeling. It was as if I felt that everyone was waiting for me to say the N-word.’

The tribunal judges ruled that the delegates had no choice but to attend the training, adding: ‘We find that [the] encouragement to say words that were deeply offensive was a crude and unnecessary way of delivering the training.’

Pobl Group said it recognised that the exercise ‘was inappropriate’. It apologised to Miss Georges and said it had made changes. The amount of compensation has yet to be set.

Manchester United fans racially abuse Ashley Young after Barcelona defeat 4/17/2019

Kick It Out have condemned vile racist abuse of Ashley Young posted on Twitter by apparent Manchester United fans following the Champions League defeat against Barcelona.

United suffered a convincing 3-0 defeat at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night, adding to the 1-0 loss at Old Trafford last week to send Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side crashing out of the quarter-finals.

In the wake of the defeat, racially abusive messages were posted on social media site Twitter from a series of anonymous accounts about England international Young, labelling him a “f****** n*****” and an “ape c***”.

Anti-racism group Kick It Out issued a statement to highlight the abuse to Twitter, and called on the social media giants to “take serious action to tackle the rampant discrimination” across the social media network.

“Yet another black player, this time Ashley Young, targeted with racist abuse on social media after tonight’s Champions League game,” the Kick It Out Twitter account posted on Tuesday night.

“Again, we’re left asking @TwitterUK the same question – when will you take serious action to tackle the rampant discrimination on your platform?”

Young started the second leg in Barcelona at left-back in the absence of the suspended Luke Shaw and found himself targeted by Lionel Messi, who prospered from United’s defensive troubles by scoring twice in the first half.

But the match has been overshadowed by this latest incident of abuse, which follows a series of issues across England as well as racist chanting aimed as England internationals including Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling during the Euro 2020 qualifier victory over Montenegro last March.

Samora Mangesi: South African presenter ‘victim of racist attack’ 3/14/2019

A black South African TV and radio presenter has said he was the victim of a racially motivated attack after stopping to help a group of white people whose car had overturned.

Samora Mangesi tweeted photos of the injuries he sustained in the alleged assault, which he said happened on Friday.

He and his two female friends were called “monkeys”, he said.

When they asked why they were being insulted, he was beaten unconscious.

During the alleged attack in the city of Johannesburg, Mangesi, who is a presenter for SABC, said he received injuries to his face and was bruised along the side of his body after being kicked on the ground.

“Even whilst I was being put in the ambulance, one of these guys tried to run my friend over with his bakkie [pick-up truck] and the paramedics had to intervene.”

In the days following the attack, his memory was “very sporadic”, he said.

“As much as they say I was awake, I don’t remember being in the ambulance, arriving at the hospital nor much of the treatment.”

He thought about “letting it go and just continuing with my life”, but has now reported the incident to police, he added.

A police spokesman told the BBC that a case of alleged assault was being investigated.

News of the alleged assault has sparked anger on local social media, reports the BBC’s Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg.

Israel: Thousands of Israeli Ethiopians Protest Racism, Police Brutality

Thousands of Israelis of Ethiopian descent took to the streets of Tel Aviv Wednesday to protest the police killing of Yehuda Biadga. The 24-year old Israeli-Ethiopian man, who had a mental illness, was holding a knife when he was shot and killed. His family had called the police for help and informed them of his mental illness. Protesters blocked traffic on a major highway as they called out police brutality and racism.

Michal Avara Samuel: “We’re here. We had so many years of dreaming to be a part of the Israeli society, and today we are saying, ‘No more violence against us.’”