A firefighter from Dell Rapids, South Dakota, was relieved of his duties this weekend after he posted racist comments on social media which sparked outrage. John Nygaard, a Donald Trump supporter, reportedly posted several racist comments on Facebook, according to KSL.
“You’re a public servant and you’re putting stuff like that on Facebook, that’s not good,” said Dell Rapids resident, William Dezee.
Many people in the small town were shocked when they learned someone who is supposed to assist the city’s residents during emergencies posted racists comments on Facebook.
“There’s enough problems going on, we don’t need racial slurs or people wearing masks or saying something that’s what 160 years old, leave it alone. That’s the way it should be,” Dezee added.
The comment was in response to a photo of former Kansas State University student Paige Shoemaker, who made a racist comment which, unfortunately for her, went viral but not in a good way. Shoemaker was expelled after posting a photo of herself and another white friend wearing a L’Oréal clay facial mask.
Raw Story reports:
The mask made it appear as though she was in blackface and her caption read, “Feels good to finally be a n*gga.” Shoemaker was expelled and posted an apology and explanation of the incident, but Nygaard used it as an opportunity to speak his mind about race and his support for Donald Trump.
Dell Rapids Fire Rescue issued a statement on its Facebook page.
“John is no longer a member of our volunteer organization. Dell Rapids fire would like to apologize on behalf of our former member for his insensitive and narrow minded comments on Facebook,” the department wrote. “This is something we take very seriously and this type of thinking will not be tolerated by our members.”
Meanwhile, Nygaard has removed all identifying information, including pictures, from his Facebook page. He now appears to just have an egg avatar. A very sad egg.
A screen capture of Nygaard’s comments in which he wants to reinstate slavery again:
As for Shoemaker, she offered an apology on Facebook, although, it’s a weak one. The shorter version: She’s not a racist but apparently she makes racist remarks on Facebook. We wonder who Shoemaker is voting for.
Apparently, the firefighting racist Trump supporter wasn’t smart enough to know that if you leave a comment on social media, other people can read it.
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