‘Sharing Is Bad…’

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“An Alabama police officer has been fired for SHARING ‘racist memes’, including one about Michelle Obama. Talladega Police Officer Joel Husk was terminated Wednesday for violating the department’s social media and code of conduct policies.

“Husk had posted several memes on his ‘Facebook’ page, including one showing Obama and Melania Trump.

“Fluent in Slovenian, English, French, Serbian, and German”, it said over Trump’s photo.

“Over Obama’s, it read:

“Fluent in Ghetto”…

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“Husk, 37, who had been with the department for about two-and-a-half years, had also shared a meme showing President Obama with the words:

“Was Dallas a terrorist attack? Yes! Carried out by Obama’s own homegrown terrorist group!”

“Another meme he shared depicted Klansmen carrying a Confederate flag.

“The KKK is a hate group right? Isn’t it about time we start being honest in America . . . and admit that #blacklivesmatter is also a hate group?” it read.

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“Patrick Bryant,, the City Manager, said statements that are “deemed to be biased or racially insensitive or derogatory” can affect the community’s trust in the police department and, when that happens,

“we have to take action to correct it”…

“Bryant said he was alerted to Husk’s social-media activity late Tuesday and “immediately initiated disciplinary procedures”, but he said he could not go into detail about the case because it’s an ongoing personnel issue. Employees, he said, have a right to appeal disciplinary actions.

“But Bryant confirmed that Husk has been fired from the police department…
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“The mayor in a tiny town in West Virginia resigned this week and the director of a government-funded nonprofit was removed from her position, amid a nationwide uproar over a racist comment about the first lady.

“Pamela Ramsey Taylor, who was director of the ‘Clay County Development Corp.’, took to ‘Facebook’ to comment on the upcoming shift to Melania Trump, writing:

“It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady back in the White House. I’m tired of seeing an Ape in heels.”

“Just made my day Pam,”

Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling responded, according to news reports.

“On Tuesday, Whaling, who had three years left in her term, submitted a letter of resignation…a day after the director of a government-funded nonprofit was removed from her position amid the backlash over her Facebook post…”

–‘Alabama officer fired over racist meme calling Michelle Obama ‘fluent in ghetto’,
Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, November 19, 2016

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/11/19/alabama-officer-fired-over-racist-meme-calling-michelle-obama-fluent-in-ghetto/?utm_term=.43371d502165

Beverly Whaling, Mayor of Clay West Virginia

Beverly Whaling, Mayor of Clay West Virginia

“…in a statement sent to the Post, Whaling apologized:

“My comment was not intended to be racist at all. I was referring to my day being made for change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me know that I’m not of any way racist! Again, I would like to apologize for this getting out of hand!”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/11/14/ape-in-heels-w-va-officials-under-fire-after-comments-about-michelle-obama/?utm_term=.6eeea3cc6d9d

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