UPDATE: The California nurse who was fired from her job at Kaiser Permanente for saying that Stephon Clark deserved to die at the hands of police has raised over $20,000 in a GoFundMe campaign.
In her crowdfunding page, Faith Linthicum said that she’s a U.S. Military veteran who was living her dream of “taking care of people by becoming a nurse.” She said that the company fired her to protect themselves “from the wrath of these activists.”
The money she raises, she said, will go toward paying personal bills, such as rent, car payments and insurance, and dog food.
Claiming she’s “not a hateful or discriminatory person,” Linthicum added that she’s a “proud supporter of this great Country, the First Amendment, the rule of law, and law enforcement.”
“I believe Kaiser Permanente violated my First Amendment right to free speech,” she added.
In another GoFundMe campaign, an anonymous person is trying to raise money as a form of protest against Linthicum.
Entitled “Faith Linthicum Fired - Deserved It,” the crowdfunding campaign seeks to raise $25,000 so it can be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Faith Linthicum Fired -Deserved It https://t.co/rnDEFzrZsm— Rachel (@rach_ld) April 5, 2018
“Please consider donating to a charity like the SPLC who fights hate instead of spreading it,” the campaign author says. “I wouldn’t feel comfortable with this lady treating anyone because of her beliefs. If she doesn’t like the color of your skin, or anything else about you, will she let you die because you deserve it? She’s already raised her donation level from $3500 to $25,000 because of the coverage from FOX News. Please help stop spreading the hate!”
It’s good to see that activists are hitting back by asking people to join civil rights organizations instead of giving hateful individuals a platform. Hopefully, these types of peaceful protests will influence others to do more in the name of inclusion and equality.
Kaiser nurse Faith Linthicum was fired after saying that Stephon Clark, the Sacramento man who was shot and killed by police in his own backyard, “deserved it.”
In the comment section of a Facebook post, the then-Kaiser Permanente’s Roseville Medical Center nurse said that Clark’s death was expected because he was running.
“Yeah, but he was running from the police jumping over fences and breaking in peoples houses… why run??!!! He deserved it for being stupid,” Linthicum wrote.
The comment was picked up by Christina Arechiga, who is a former patient at the hospital.
Telling her friends and followers on Facebook that her experience at Kaiser was one of racism, she pointed out Linthicum’s comment and asked how minorities would feel being under her care.
“This woman works in labor and delivery — how can we trust her with our black and brown babies,” Arechiga said in her post.
The Sacramento Bee reported that once the comment was brought to Kaiser’s attention, an investigation was launched and the nurse was placed on administrative leave.
In a statement, the hospital said the nurse’s views do not represent the institution’s.
“Kaiser Permanente does not tolerate hate or discrimination and has a long history of embracing diversity and inclusion — it remains a place where we welcome everyone. We want to emphasize that the comments expressed by this employee, who is no longer with the organization, do not in any way reflect Kaiser Permanente’s views or actions,” the company’s spokesman said.
It’s terrifying to think that a person who’s tasked with with taking care of your newborn would also be someone who believes that victims of police abuse “deserve” to die.
This could clearly make a mother of color feel targeted or discriminated against under this nurse's care. After all, people of color are disproportionately impacted by police brutality. So, it's a good thing that the company decided to act on this case.
And, as far as the horrific comments by the ex-nurse, it’s clear that she should have thought twice before posting such harsh and apathetic views.
Perhaps now that she was ousted for arguing that an unarmed man “deserved” to be killed, she might actually reconsider her ignorant point of a view.
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