A racist remark on Facebook against Aborigines might mean an Auckland man loses his job and quite possibley damage his employer’s business at the same time.

An Australian blogger is suggesting that customers consider boycotting an Auckland inner-city restaurant after its employee Brian Castello joined a racist rants against Aborigines online.

The anonymous blogger, known as SwearyCat, (a self-proclaimed “unapologetic defender of Austraian Progressive Politics. Complusive Swearer who also tweets) who is known fornaming and shaming Facebook users who post “vile series of racist comments” (in this case) relating to an advertisement promoting literacy for Aborigines.

Most of the racially-offensive korero was aimed at the young Aboriginal girl pictured in the poster.

SwearyCat went a step further and called for action against the business who employed those who made the comments.

“I’m quite sure right-thinking people worldwide will be vigilant in doing business with employers who, if they tolerate such behaviour in their employees, are tacitly supporting racism.”

Auckland restaurant Urban Turban was one of the targets after employee Brian Castello wrote “maybe don’t live in remote aborigine communities, then your kids can read” on Facebook.

Urban Turban manager Glen, who declined to give his surname, told the Stuff, saying that he knew of calls to boycotts his restaurant and planned to talk to Castello today about his remarks, adding that he did not want the restaurant represented by someone with racist views, but equally he did not think it was fair his restaurant was dragged into the debate.

“Boycotting a restaurant because of an employee is ridiculous – it takes it too far.”

The restaurant manager had not decided what action to take against Castello, who is a casual employee.

“At the end of the day he’s just a young kid who got involved in a vicious world [of racism] online.”

Castello could not be reached for comment.

However, not everyone feels this way “if I’m not comfortable saying something in a crowded room, then I should think twice about saying it online. I’m personally comfortable with what I post online and if someone is going to leave racist remarks on public walls then what does that say about them more generally?” saidPotaua Biasiny-Tule CEO at TangataWhenua.com.

It will not be the first time someone gets fired for what they post on a Social Networking Site and reminds us that increasingly there are significant consequences when our digital lives interest with the our analouge world.

Background to the Controversy

The Aborigine education poster was originally posted on Stuart Smith’s Facebook page, who is an Kiwi expat living in New South Wales.

Above the picture of the Aboriginal girl, the poster reads: “If 80% of kids in Sydney couldn’t read would you lend a hand?”

Social Network Reaction

Many people on social networking website Twitter have expressed outrage and retweeted the original blog condemning the racist comments and joined the call for the boycott.

Massey University research recently revealed how new media provided people with a new platform for racism.

The research found racist bigots were using sites like Facebook, Twitter and TradeMe to vent their racist views, whereas in the past they tended to call radio talkback.

  • RightLeftRight

    White people can never disprove they are 途acist, their very existence is seen as a? form? of 途acism by the so-called 殿nti-racists.

    They say all things White must become 電iverse or it is 途acism.

    They say there should be no White? countries, no White communities, no White schools, no White sports, no White social gatherings etc, etc.

    The anti-Whites give us Whites two choices: Accept White geNOcide or you are a 途acist.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

    • Reality

      Again, what the hell has your crazy talk got to do with a group of cowards posting racist remarks about an innocent little Aborigine girl?

      P.S. Can you give me some specific examples of this “White geNOcide” you speak of?

  • Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to 殿ssimilate, i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I知 not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn稚 object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

    • Reality

      What the hell has your crazy talk got to do with a group of cowards posting racist remarks about an innocent little Aborigine girl?

  • Ethel Cherrington

    Castello, if you think like this please keep your comments to yourself. I am a Maori and also the CEO of an Aboriginal Community. It is sad to hear people make comments about things they really do not know about or understand. Please let me explain to you a couple of things;
    1/. Firstly the Aborigine the tangata whenua i roto Po Hakino have not been reckonised within the Australian Constitution therefore are not able to lobby with the government regarding any important issues they may have in relation to their wellbeing and education.
    2/. It has only been 30 years that they have been reckonised as a race therefore its going to take sometime for them to learn the European ways.
    3/. Most of our families who live in remote areas are still living a very cultured life and find it extremely difficult to comprehend the english language let alone the way the European man lives. What you must remember Castello Indigenous races throughout the world learn’t by way of acquired knowledge which is information handed down from generation to generation, which is learning with the ear, eye, touch, smell and taste where as now it is what they call intellectual knowledge, which is learning out of the book. Very difficult for our children to make sense of.

  • timbo

    posting racist comments on an open forum is something that definitely needs to be addressed, but personally attacking someone, such as trying to get them fired from their job for making a silly borderline racist comment, now that really grinds my gears!
    if swearycat put as much effort into raising awareness for the real issue at hand (the education problem) as he does trying to ruin other peoples careers and lives over barely offensive comments like Brians then maybe we’d be getting somewhere!
    swearycat – get a life dude. some things just arnt worth kicking up a fuss about when there are much bigger issues that could really use your time.

    • Reality

      Hey timbo,

      If people want to make public statements like these they have to be prepared to receive criticism, stand by their comments or apologise.

      Aren’t these idiots personally attacking the beautiful young girl in the poster as well as a race of people?

      I’m sure that all of the derogatory comments were made in the interest of “raising awareness for the real issue” as you put it… Yeah Right!

      Stop trying to distort reality, the comments are racist plain and simple… If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck!

      • timbo

        hey buddy i guess i should have been more specific… a lot of the comments up there are very offensive and i wasn’t disagreeing with that, my rant was supposed to be focused on Brians situation in particular. people should defiantly be criticized for comments of this nature, but isn’t going out of your way to try and hinder that persons career taking it a bit too far? especially for a comment that basically points out that the education system in these remote community’s doesn’t seem to be up to scratch? i mean give the guy a break!

  • sanity

    First of all, to me, the comment was distasteful and racist (I think, it’s so poorly written it’s hard to be sure). It certainly doesn’t reflect well on him as a person. And the other comments on that page are shocking!

    However, the boycott that SwearyCat is trying to whip up is ridiculous. How is this in any way the restaurant’s fault? By all means, name and shame individuals who are dumb enough to post this kind of stuff. But don’t drag in their employer.

    In any case, I’d be surprised if he could be dismissed from his job for this. It seems to me like that would be grounds for unfair dismissal, after all, he didn’t make the comment in any professional capacity as far as I can tell.

    DigitalMaori says:

    “It will not be the first time someone gets fired for what they post on a Social Networking Site…”

    Does anyone have an example of this happening?

  • sarita

    I agree with you Joanne. Such incredible bigotry!! And what would happen in a resteraunt to the couple of a race he has no tolerance for…I would be worried as an employer. And youth is no excuse.

  • Darrell

    The Castello bloke should take legal action against this SwearyCat idiot…his remark may have been a little ignorant, though one would assume it is to some degree correct. Met many BA, MA or PHD qualified Aborigines, or anyone else, in the outback lately people?

    To jeopardize his employment and the livelihood of his employers is bloody rank!! Social media hijacking by a typical leftist sh#tstirrer.

    Skin that cat.

    • S(r)ambo

      yes plenty of educated people, the outback represents only 5% of the Aboriginal population, the rest live in fertile areas, this type of generalisation affects ALL Aborigianls, 95% see the white way and still dont want your backward way of life, who would want to be like these uneducated fools, his a little boy trying to be a man, now he can be responsible for his actions like any adult, its called cause and affect, something his parents should have taught him but didnt, Im using my networks to put pressure on his employer, hypocrite galore in Aus, you all say to Aboriginals take responsibility but then say he should be let off, what tools. Swearycat has just got 2% of Aus population (500,000) as a fan base, might go and visit this guy (in NZ) for a holiday, casual worker thats not capable of employment any better then a kitchen hand, oh dont threaten his employment, his a mummys boy anyway
      @darrell(derro?) or dazza (wheres shazza) because my family escaped the government(stolen gen) by hiding in the rain forests of vic we now have doctors, archeologist, anthropologists, and even a professor in my family alone, if we were caught by the government we would have been locked up behind a fence without the chance to make our own decisions, The aussie way you fight for is a dictatorship, thats the cause of all and I mean ALL current social problems we see by focusing on only 5% of our people, but your the type of person that gives Aboriginals faith, if thats the limit of comprehension of the aussie aussie aussie oink oink oink crack another one while I blow all the family money at the pub while wearing my wife beater can understand, then we have nothing to worry about. gee it must be hard in this white male dominate society, you sound like a bunch of whingers, you should say sorry for contributing to Australia gaining the title of the biggest whingers on earth for 2011

  • ription This picket is planned to go ahead unless the employee Brian Castello apologises for his comments about Aborigines and attends an anti-racist hui/workshop.

    more info on his comments= http://news.tangatawhenua.com/archives/15352

    support Aboriginal communities= https://wallofhands.com.au/

  • Patrick Scott

    Racism is hateful.

    One of the things I hate about it is how easily it draws others in, eg here straight away you have the poster Kina making a racial slur against the Castello guy based on the name of his ancestors.

  • Terehia

    Urban Turban’s manager Glen seriously needs to wake up to the power of social media and the consequences of his employees actions. That he remains undecided about the kid’s future and then try to justify his employee’s rascist remarks are you serious?!!! What is there to think about? If that’s the way the kid thinks after work, what makes his employer think he’s going to serve all of his patrons from diverse ethnicities to the restaurant well? H-E-L-L-O !!!!

  • Kina

    Castello
    Italian=Castle
    Latin=Watertank
    Brian Castello = Toilet watertank in a castle.

  • Jo Hymers

    It really annoys me how certian people can hide behind a screen and dish out their cowardly views. The society aboriginals are firced to live in now is a direct result of western colonisation. Sadly it is the same with other native races all around the world who are treated poorly as a result of not doing well in this western system where they were all sucessful in their worldly views, tikanga, nga mea tanga whenua before hand. I would love to out all those rasists who post anti maori rubbish on youtube too!

    • Wynn Te Kani

      Its called racial vilification.

    • S(r)ambo

      with all the attacks on non white cultures, they must really hate their own skin colour, jeolousy is a curse, just be happy in your own skin and you may feel secure enough to engage with others on a human level, fear will eat you up and affect you ability to rationalise life, it must be hard living in fear and not understanding basic humanity. Im sorry for the people who were failed by there parents, we all know education is key and the current generations are cheating the next

  • Joanne Treacher

    There was nothing UGLY about the photo. I thought she was quite pretty. Anyway, the guy should be fired. Who knows, an aborigine might end up having lunch in that restaurant and what will he do to their food when no one is looking? I dread to think. If you are racist, keep away from the race that annoys you. Therefore, go live on the moon or mars!!!! Take your bigot mates with you and you can laugh at the rest of us…