The Trump Effect continues. No one is naive to believe that these thoughts are still prevalent. But before Trump, many kept them in check. Now he has made vogue if not cool to display one's prejudices unfiltered.
Ohio fireman's statement about rescuing a dog before a black man using the N-word shows illustrated why some distrust our public servants.
WHIO-TV reported the following.
A Franklin Twp. volunteer firefighter was suspended indefinitely after he was accused of posting racist comments on Facebook, according to the township’s administrator.
Franklin Twp. officials said they will meet Sept. 27 for a disciplinary hearing for Tyler Roysdon.
Roysdon’s post has since been removed from his social media page. The Facebook post indicated that if he had to choose between saving a dog and a black man from a burning building, he’d first save the dog’s life because "one dog is more important than a million (racial slur).”
A fireman that needs a new line of work
Trump Effect: Fireman: 'Would rescue dog before n*gger from burning building' (VIDEO) pic.twitter.com/ysmnBwOSrp
— Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies) September 15, 2017
The township released the following statement:
"Recently, a Franklin Township volunteer firefighter posted unacceptable remarks on social media. Upon gaining knowledge of this information, Fire Chief Steve Bishop immediately contacted the firefighter and directed the comments be removed. The firefighter was suspended without pay until the Board of Township Trustees could meet to determine a course of action. Chief Bishop does not have the authority to terminate employees. Termination of any township employee requires a vote by the Board of Trustees."
Like police officers, the community depends on dependable, honest, and nondiscriminatory firepersons. After all, all citizens in some form or another contribute taxes and services and deserve the same level of service from all public servants. This action by this fireman is a clear example why it is important that firepersons and police are screened for racist tendencies. It can have a material effect on citizens. This is not a matter that should be ignored or made light of given the type of job they do.
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