A black fire station commander is suing bosses for race discrimination - claiming colleagues called him ‘Frank’ after former boxing champion Frank Bruno.Firstly Frank Bruno is one of the most respected people in the UK and very much a role model for many young people. He won the WBC world heavyweight championship in 1995 and remains a popular celebrity to this day. If anything Mr Simpson should be pleased that his nickname is after Frank, as opposed to say... Homer.
Birmingham-based Warren Simpson, 48, alleges he was passed over for promotion for seven years and his career development was not supported in the same way as white colleagues.
The commander, believed to be the highest-ranked black officer in the West Midlands Fire Service, is taking his brigade to an employment tribunal after claiming he was victim of race discrimination, including victimisation, harassment and bullying.
Mr Simpson joined the brigade in 1985 and worked at various stations before becoming a station commander at fire service headquarters in Birmingham.
His wife Cordell Simpson represented him at the city tribunal. She claimed he had been referred to as ‘Frank’ after the ex-world champion Bruno.
Mrs Simpson added: 'Mr Simpson believes his development has not been supported in a comparable way of that of his white colleagues.'
Secondly I rather doubt any white officer has the Association for Black Professionals in the Fire Service (UK) to fall back on as if there were a white organisation that would be racist...
I can't help but think that the organisation Race 4 Justice who appear to be supporting Mr. Simpson are part and parcel of the problem as well, as it does appear that they may be a fake charity suckling at the taxpayer teat and therefore need cases like this to increase their funding.
Why is it that the first choice in any case involving someone not white seems to fall into the scream racist type of investigation? Do they really believe that old whitey is really out to get them?
Of course if we aren't, it does call into question people like Mr Simpson's abilities... so perhaps that's why after all...