A racist and hostile social media interaction cost Corey Multer his job.
By Sheryl Estrada
New York Life (No. 23 on the 2016 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity) took swift action in firing Corey Multer, a managing director at the company for more than 20 years, after he wrote a racist and misogynistic threat against Shanelle Matthews, the lead communications strategist for the Black Lives Matter National Network.
Last week, in a private Facebook message, Matthews received the following note from Multer’s account:
“You f*cking racist pig whore. The world would be a much better place if you jumped in front of a moving train. Die!”
Matthews, a former strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union, made the message public in a Facebook post. She said she believes Multer was responding to her thoughts on The Movement for Black Lives’,a collective of more than 50 organizations including #BlackLivesMatter,policy platform released August 1. The platform focuses on domestic policies but also on international issues, including stating support for Palestinians.
“He sent me this message, I assume because I recently made some explicit comments regarding my views on Zionism with which he observably disagrees,” she wrote. “Though giving him the grace he refused me, it could have nothing to do with that. Perhaps I am a ‘pig whore’ by virtue; who knows.
“What Mr. Multer’s vicious remarks actually say is that my values and beliefs are not only wrong and unvalued but that I deserve to die because of them. The kind of genocidal philosophy that has catalyzed egregious human right’s violations across the world some of which, I suspect, Mr. Multer staunchly decries. And this kind of white supremacists resentment and cruelty is the very reason we proclaim over and over again that BLACK LIVES MATTER.”
Matthews sent a tweet to New York Life demanding to be put in touch with the CEO at noon on August 10 and New York Life responded:
.@NewYorkLife I’d like to be put in touch with your CEO. Ted Mathas, correct Also, whoever supervises Corey Multer. By the end of the day.
shanelle matthews (@TheShanelleM) August 10, 2016
Twitter users also urged the company to dismiss Multer:
Paladin4Justice (@Paladin4Justice) August 10, 2016
Renee Bracey Sherman (@RBraceySherman) August 10, 2016
At 6:27 p.m. the same day, New York Life sent a tweet to Matthews announcing that Multer had been terminated from his position.
@TheShanelleM as a result of his comment this individual is no longer employed by us
New York Life (@NewYorkLife) August 10, 2016
A Twitter user named meryvn marcano wanted to confirm that Multer wouldn’t work for the company in any capacity ever again.
mervyn marcano (@britrican) August 10, 2016
Matthews replied and said she “spoke to the head of human resources this morning. She guaranteed he would never be hired again in any capacity.”
A New York Life spokesperson confirmed Multer had been with the company since 1987 and was indeed fired on August 10.
“This comment is completely indefensible and inconsistent with our values of integrity and humanity,” a spokesperson for the company wrote in an email to Mic. “This individual is no longer employed by New York Life.”