Hiring Manager’s Racist Comment Goes Viral, Twitter Gangs Up On The Wrong Businesses

September 27, 2013  |  

Andrew Moskowitz, a hiring manager from Georgia, posted a comment on Facebook that set off a firestorm of controversy on Twitter. In the post, he revealed that he refuses to hire African-American applicants; in a scramble to find where Moskowitz works, Twitter rioters lashed out against the wrong businesses, The Daily Dot reports.

In response to a linked-to-Facebook NY Times article that explores how job applicants with ethnic names are often overlooked, Moskowitz left the controversial message in the image above.

While Moskowitz is concerned about how a name will single-handedly crumble his staff, a Twitter user named Dan Holzman-Tweed saw that Moskowitz’s Facebook records show him checking into the “Monroe Cotton Mill,” an event venue. As a result, Tweeters assumed this was Moskowitz’s place of work.

“I have NEVER heard that name until 11 AM this morning, when I started getting emails sent to me during church asking why I hired a racist,” Paul Rosenthal, the owner of Monroe Cotton Mill told the Daily Dot. Rosenthal was bombarded with so many furious emails demanding Moskowitz’s departure that he posted this disclaimer on the venue’s website:

“Let me be direct, straight-forward and clear: ANDREW MOSKOWITZ DOES NOT WORK FOR THE MONROE COTTON MILLS. We do not have a HIRING MANAGER at all, and we have NO EMPLOYEE NAMED ANDREW MOSKOWITZ. WE DO NOT KNOW ANYONE BY THE NAME ANDREW MOSCOWITZ. THIS PERSON IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH THE MONROE COTTON MILLS IN ANY WAY! I have received many inquiries from individuals over the internet over the past 5 hours asking me to fire Andrew Moskowitz. This person does NOT WORK FOR OUR PROPERTY.”

The mix-up occured because Monroe Cotton Mill also shares its space with an antique mall — where Moskowitz really was — to buy “army stuff.”

Assuming they attacked the wrong establishment, Twitter decided to re-direct their anger to another neighboring business, The Cotton Warehouse, which was also flooded with enraged emails regarding Moskowitz. But the Twittersphere got it wrong once again. “I have no idea where this guy works,” said Jakob Garner, the equally baffled owner of the Cotton Warehouse. “Not sure how we ended up getting in this craziness!”

It’s apparent that the mysterious Moskowitz is aware of stir he’s caused. He’s deleted his internet footprints including his Facebook account along with other controversial posts Twitter users have dugged up from Moskowitz’s online past.

It’s still unclear where Mystery Moskowitz works or if he’s even really a hiring manager, but Daily Dot says “he may be self-employed, working with his partner in a home business selling commercial candy equipment.”

And while it’s great that good people would stand up to someone who is not only a racist, but stops others from getting a job in this tough economy, it’s clear that the Internet has to be careful not to hold the wrong people responsible.

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