Racists just can’t seem to get it through their thick skulls that flaunting their bigotry all over social media still has consequences, even with Donald Trump sitting in the White House. One Trump-loving cop is finding that out the hard way.
Talladega Police Officer Joel Husk decided it would be a great idea to post racist memes about Michelle Obama all over his Facebook page. In one meme, Melania Trump was compared to the current first lady. The meme touted the former model for her fluency in multiple foreign languages, including “Slovenian, English, French, Serbian, and German.” In comparison, says the meme, Michelle is “fluent in ghetto.”
Husk was promptly fired from the police department. Talladega City Manager Patrick Bryant said Husk’s racist posts were a blatant violation of the city’s code of conduct and social media policy.
We will not tolerate that kind of conduct by any employees. We take very seriously our responsibility to treat everyone equally and equitably. We have to make sure we take steps for the community to trust us,” Bryant said.
Two West Virginia officials also learned this lesson when it comes to racist Facebook posts this week. Clay County Development Corporation Director Pamela Taylor lost her job after posting a rant comparing Melania and Michelle, saying that the current FLOTUS looks like “an ape in heels.” Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling was forced to resign as well since she decided to like the post and write the comment, “Just made my day Pam.”
Racists have been emboldened by Trump’s win. They truly believe that they now have a license to be as bigoted as they please. However, at least in a few cases, there are still real-world consequences for such behavior. Putting all your racist thoughts on Facebook can still land you in the unemployment line. At some point, you would think these folks would start to learn that.
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.