‘Apparently a story about a strong female character of color and overcoming adversity is offensive…’
(Katie J. Read, Liberty Headlines) A fan of the television show “The Walking Dead” has been attacked by thousands on Facebook after a woman accused him of being racist for keeping a figurine of one of the show’s African-American characters on his desk.
The fan is an employee at a State Employees Credit Union in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the woman, a customer of his, posted her accusation online.
Since she made the post, more than 7,000 other Facebook users have shared it.
Her post included photos of the figurine and a picture of the employee’s contact information.
According to local TV station WNCN, the figurine in question was a a Funko Mystery Mini figurine, which depicts a zombie from “The Walking Dead.”
The character, a black man who became a zombie, has a chain around his neck.
In the TV show, another character named Michonne, an African-American woman, keeps two of these armless zombies as her pets.
According to the woman’s Facebook post, she asked the employee what his figurine represented.
She said he replied that he collects them.
She said she responded by telling him that the figurines offended her and said he asked her why, which prompted her to complain to his boss.
The employee made his own Facebook post about the incident.
“I have officially been accused of racism for my choice of desk toy. Apparently a story about a strong female character of color and overcoming adversity is offensive,” he wrote in the post.
State Employees Credit Union Executive Vice President of Organizational Development Leigh Brady has released a statement about the upheaval, saying that the company will take the appropriate steps to respond to the incident.
“State Employees Credit Union prides itself on the fair and equitable treatment it provides its members, and takes its members’ privacy seriously,” Brady said. “Yesterday, the actions of one of our employees fell far short of our expectations and we took immediate steps to address this personnel matter.”