“Zero-tolerance policy to racist”– Red Bull fires an employee for their racist behaviour after text messages were released on social media.
Red Bull on Friday has fired a team member after a few text messages showing his racist comments appeared on social media. The former employee was not a key member of the track-side operations.
🚨CALL OUT RACISM🚨
Action needs to be taken. The others included are also very accountable and I will be doing what I can 🤜🏻🤛🏾 pic.twitter.com/CgNpeyNwfi
— Ty Sports🎙 (@TyroneMc__) July 27, 2021
Red Bull, with this move, has declared that it won’t tolerate any racist behaviour. This comes after Red Bull publically condemned the online racist attacks on Lewis Hamilton after his collision with Max Verstappen.
— Red Bull Racing Honda (@redbullracing) July 19, 2021
A Red Bull spokesperson said: “As publicly acknowledged last week, we condemn racist abuse of any kind and have a zero-tolerance policy to racist behaviour within our organisation.
“The person in question is no longer an employee of Red Bull Racing,” the statement added. It hasn’t been discussed by Red Bull whether the racist comments were made on someone within the paddock or outside F1.
Lewis Hamilton set a crucial precedent?
Hamilton was the first to embark on a movement within F1 to show solidarity support to the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, and a few drivers followed suit in kneeling with him, while the rest at least wore an “end-racism” t-shirt.
And after the racist attacks on Hamilton, a few drivers also broke the silence and condemned attacks. The seven-time world champion has also initiated his own commission to increase the representation of black people in F1.
In response, F1 promised to work on it by studying the report; therefore, it is safe to say that F1 has reached a position where it absolutely wants to work against racism.
But is it enough? Hamilton doesn’t think so, and he believes that the leadership of F1 and other teams have to do more to undo the damages of structural racism.