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Zoo Employee's 'Racist' Comment On Social Media Sparks Controversy (Photos)

| by Sean Kelly

A zoo employee’s “racist” comment on social media about attendees sparked outrage among Chicago residents after it went viral.

The post, shared to Facebook, included a picture of the employee in her uniform and a caption that read, “Wassup y’all? At work serving these rude ass white people.” Because Brookfield Zoo, the Chicago, Illinois, zoo where the young woman works, was tagged in the post, it soon began to go viral and spark controversy.

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One angry zoo attendee who shared the post called it “extremely racist” and said the employee “crossed the line.” The original post garnered more than 6,000 shares on Facebook.

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Yesterday, we became aware of the actions of a single employee which we agree are unacceptable,” Brookfield Zoo said in a statement. “This employee's statements in social media are in violation of our policies and do not reflect our institution's values. We have zero tolerance for these kinds of divisive behaviors. We treat all employment matters confidentially, but please know that we took prompt action to remedy the situation this morning.”

“We hope you continue to hold Brookfield Zoo in high regard,” the statement continued, “and not let the actions of one individual overshadow the longstanding good work of the Chicago Zoological Society.”

The controversial employee later posted a response to Facebook, saying that she knows what she is and that “racist is not one of em (sic).”

Sources: Imgur, NBC Chicago, Brookfield Zoo/Facebook

Photo Credit: NBC Chicago