Michelle Obama has carried the unofficial title of first lady with a degree of grace and class that is unparalleled. Yet, once again, she’s been made the subject of a racist Facebook comment.
The Denver Post reported that an anesthesiologist in Denver was suspended indefinitely for racist comments she made on Facebook about the first lady.
Dr. Michelle Herren was commenting on a post about Obama’s eloquence, which mentioned that the first lady was a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
Herren wrote, “Doesn’t seem to be speaking too eloquently here, thank god we can’t hear her!” She added, “Harvard??? That’s a place for ‘entitled’ folks said all the liberals!”
But she wasn’t finished because in a following comment she added, “Monkey face and poor ebonic English!!! There! I feel better and am still not racist!!! Just calling it like it is!”
JoAnn Nietto, whose friend had made the original Facebook post in praise of the first lady, told The Denver Post that she was infuriated by the remarks.
“It really outraged me to see that she works at Denver Health, which serves a huge minority population,” Nietto said.
Nietto immediately informed Denver Health, as well as the University of Colorado Board of Regents where Herren holds a non-paid faculty appointment.
The hospital released a statement condemning the remarks but cited free speech as a reason for not being able to take any severe action.
“While the leadership of Denver Health is appalled by these remarks, as a public entity we are constrained by both state and federal law, including the First Amendment right of free speech, to terminate any employee for their off-duty comments, regardless of how offensive their comments may be.”
Here’s a helpful hint for the doctor and for everyone else. If you have to qualify your comment with “I’m still not racist,” that’s usually a red flag.
Obama has been the target of several racist memes and social media posts. In November a police officer in Alabama was fired from the force after he posted a racist meme which compared Melania Trump to Michelle Obama and said that the first lady was “Fluent in ghetto.”
That same month, Pamela Ramsey Taylor of Clay County Development Corp. was removed from her director position after she referred to Obama as an "ape in heels" in a Facebook post that went viral.
These incidents are an alarming reminder of how some people now feel secure enough to make racist remarks in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election.
We can, however, take some comfort in the fact that these people do suffer some consequences for their actions.
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