SAN FRANCISCO — The Overstock store in San Francisco was forced to shut down Monday after a racist Facebook post surfaced, a company spokesman said.
The post read, “Overstock’s new owner wants to get rid of the white woman over there and hire a black man, too.”
It is unclear why the Facebook post was posted.
The Overstock website says it is a full-service online store that sells furniture and accessories.
In a statement to ABC News, the company said it was aware of the post and that the owner of the Facebook page has been suspended.
A spokeswoman for the store’s parent company said Monday that the Facebook comment was not related to the company.
The Facebook post is part of a larger conversation about diversity at the company, the spokeswoman said.
“Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen an increase in incidents of discrimination against people of color and people of other ethnic backgrounds,” the statement said.
The spokeswoman said the company is working with the police department and the FBI to identify the person responsible.
Overstock, a furniture retailer based in San Jose, Calif., has a diverse workforce of about 2,000 people.
“The Facebook post and its associated comments were completely inappropriate and not reflective of Overstock’s values or beliefs,” the company’s statement said, adding that the person who made the post was removed from Overstock and that no other employees were affected.
The company’s chief executive, Dan Newmark, said he would not apologize for what he called a “racist” comment on Facebook.
Newmark said he didn’t think the person in question was a racist, but that the post had no place in Overstock.
He said the post included the words, “I don’t like people of a different race,” and added, “If I were to go out and hire someone to replace the white person I would hire a Black man.”