I'm very often one of the last people to leave the office in the evening. As I was leaving on Friday, I noticed that a sticky note had been attached to a co-worker's cubicle next to their name card which said:
The cubicle is typically occupied by a worker who is Puerto Rican.
I know a little Spanish, but even without that I felt most people could make an educated guess at what that might mean. Based on what Google suggests to me, it says 'DEPORTED' OR 'EXILED'.
To my knowledge, my co-worker has not seen this note as he has been working from home through the pandemic. Regardless, this appears like a threat towards him with a strong anti-immigrant slant which I consider wholly unacceptable.
Most everyone in the office has notes they've written to themselves on their desk. As I was one of the last ones in the office, I went through most everyone's office and reviewed their handwriting and have a strong suspicion for who the guilty party might be. Unfortunately, the person I suspect is also someone who I have been arguing with about the need for the Black Lives Matter protests.
I have two questions:
Is there any way that I could have misconstrued what was posted on my coworker's cubicle? I am not fluent in Spanish and I don't know if there's a cultural reference in play that might suggest this as a light-hearted thing.
I believe this is a threat that has been made towards an employee by another and I wish to report it to management. In the interests of avoiding being accused in a retaliatory manner, I want to be as anonymous as possible on the matter as I don't want the person that I suspect to know that I am the one reporting this lest they try and suggest that I did it to frame them. Should I report the matter completely anonymously or have a discussion with my manager and request my name be withheld as the reporting party?