Karma 101: Post A Racist Selfie With A Kid, Watch Your Life Fall Apart

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Gerod Roth and his friends mocked a 3-year-old boy with racially charged comments on Facebook. Then the Internet struck back – hard.

An employee working for an Atlanta-based marketing firm was fired after posting a racially charged Facebook photo featuring a 3-year-old African-American child.

Gerod Roth, who went by Geris Hilton on Facebook, posted a selfie on the social media website on Sept. 16 with his co-worker's son.

Racist Facebook Selfie Black Child

Soon enough, Roth’s friends began to comment on the post, with many making insulting and racist remarks on the photo that has since gone viral.

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Upon learning one of his employees was involved such an act of racism and online bullying, Polaris Marketing Group president Michael Da Graca Pinto posted the company’s official response on Facebook and immediately terminated Roth, saying:

 

This morning I was disgusted to learn that one of my former employees made several racially charged comments on his...

Posted by Polaris Marketing Group on  Friday, October 2, 2015

 

Another commenter on the post identified as Emily Irene Red was fired by Atlanta’s Conch Republic Grill.

The post has since been deleted from Facebook. However, Sydney Shelton, the mother of 3-year-old Cayden Jenkins, said she was distressed after going through the racist comments.

“I do everything that I can to make sure he never has to want or need for anything,” Shelton was quoted as saying. “To see people bashing him -- a small helpless child -- it breaks my heart.”

However, a lot of people came out in support of Cayden using the hashtag #hisnameiscayden.

A Phoenix, Arizona, woman, Britt Turner, has set up a GoFundMe page to collect donations for a college fund for Cayden to help turn an early lesson in hatred into a positive experience.

“I would hate for him to find all of this negativity surrounding his name,” Turner wrote.

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