I am with Surianne here. I don't see racism here, only makng fun of PD's racism.
I thought that the inapropriet part was that the boss was making fun of PD here.
so you are ok with using the n-word? How is that ok
I'm not okay with the n-word, but I think what the motivations are for using it makes a huge difference, misguided though those motivations might be.
If the intent was to say "PD is so stupid that she thinks it's okay to use this word" then that is a different thing from expressing racism.
I agree that there are better ways to make fun of her and that this attempt, if this is what it was, was clumsy and immature at best. But if someone is laughing at it because they are laughing at PD, because of just how outrageous and wrong it is to use that word but she thinks she can use it, that really translates to "Racism is bad, and the n-word is an inappropriate thing to say."
Maybe it's the difference between saying the n-word as part of an original statement, and quoting someone else saying the n-word. If the maker of the picture was making a statement of their own, "Hey n-word, want some pie?" then that would be very wrong and racist, but if the intent is to quote PD and say she is saying that in the picture (even though I don't think she actually said that exact phrase), that this is something she would say and we are mocking her, then that's anti-racism, in my opinion.
But maybe it's the difference between a censored and an uncensored word, also. If I put up a printout at work of the LOL cat that says "Scuse me, [see note] are you doing?" that would be perfectly fine and everybody would laugh who likes LOL cats. But if I put up that same picture with all the words spelled out, it would be offensive and inappropriate and I would probably get fired or at least reprimanded (and rightly so). My point here being that a word like the n-word or the f bomb is not appropriate in professional settings or in fact, most settings. The censored word might be but the uncensored one isn't, and that by itself would make the picture inappropriate to share at work.
So, I still don't think it's appropriate for work or in company that you don't know really well. And I don't personally find it amusing. But I don't think it's necessary to jump to the conclusion that those laughing at it are racist or that they think it's appropriate to go around using the n-word.
Edited because I can't communicate the abbreviation through the filter, but we all know what it is I think. The classic one with the cat's head tilted to the side. I was trying to somehow communicate it without going around the filters inappropriately but this is just going to have to do because I don't want to break any rules even with good intentions.