Thanks to President-elect Donald Trump, many Americans have been unapologetically spewing racism like venom, particularly on social media.
Of those bigoted internet trolls is a Belding, Mich., fireman who has been terminated after posting racist remarks on Facebook over the weekend.
Ryan Hudson, 40, got into a confrontation with a black woman on the social network after she commented on a status agreeing with San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest, The Root reports.
In her comment, the woman wrote “Black Lives Matter,” which prompted Hudson to launch the attack.
“You are the true epitome of a n*****,” Hudson reportedly wrote. “All lives matter. And if you think it’s just black lives kiss my a** b**** and go back to the fields that us in the north fought to free you from.”
According to the unnamed woman who was on the receiving end of Hudson’s tirade, he claimed he had been hacked, and then later said he was under the influence of alcohol.
“He’s now claiming he was drunk. First he was hacked, now he’s drunk,” the victim said.
The exchange made its way to Fire Chief Greg Moore after the woman took screenshots of the conversation. Moore said that Hudson had been a member of the department for approximately one year.
“I’ve actually never had to fire someone,” Moore said. “This is a first. My employees are excellent employees, and I’ve had nothing but the utmost respect for all of them. They do what they are supposed to do, and this is so out of the ordinary for a firefighter to do.”
Moore noted that his decision to terminate Hudson was to ensure that the community they serve had no reason to question whether their firefighters will do their job no matter what anyone’s skin color is.
Hudson’s racist biases could have affected how he interacted with people in need of his help. In a profession where one split decision could mean life or death for someone, it’s important to have people on the job that will do the right thing at all times.
“We don’t know it would have changed him from doing his job,” the chief added. “But what are you going to do? We can’t take the chance. We have to treat everybody no matter what, and we want that to happen.”
Moore made the right call by firing Hudson. Perhaps with his newfound free time, he can reflect upon the error in his ways.
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