I wonder what would happen if someone legally challenged their firing for using the word “nigger” or other taboo words in a nonthreatening way. Clearly, in this case, no ill intent was present and really, how much butthurt was caused by the email in question. Rather than resigning Chief Burke should have made them fire him, then filed a lawsuit.
Excerpt from the New York Daily News
The police chief for Farrell, Pa., resigned one week after being sworn in because of an email made public after his hiring that contained a racial slur.
The email may have had good intentions, requesting donations for a book drive, but Tom Burke dropped the n-word in the message sent to a few dozen members of a Sharon parent-teacher organization.
“Good morning,” Burke began. “Please click and review. Even $1.00 will be greatly appreciated. Them Sharon n—–s gotta learn how to read.”
Before accepting his job at Farrell, Burke worked security detail at a mill. He retired from his position as Sharon’s police chief in 2007.
Burke, who is white, was sworn in as Farrell’s next top cop Nov. 17 and was expected to start in January, but had Farrell City Manager Michael Ceci known of the email, Burke would have never been hired, he told the Sharon Herald.
Farrell Mayor Olive McKeithan asked Burke to step down Wednesday Wednesday.
The Mayor is black, but the story goes on to say that she supported the Chief until the volume of calls against him overwhelmed her.
Yahoo reports that the Mayor had offered this statement of support several days ago:
“I have known and worked with him for many years and respect and admire his dedication to the community,” McKeithan wrote in the previous statement of support. “Until you get to know a man’s character, you can’t judge him by one off-the-cuff remark, or else would we not have to judge all white people as equally guilty?”
Blacks use taboo words all the time, including “cracka” to describe white persons. A little equality of outcomes please. If a good white man has to go down, then let the blacks guilty of the same offense suffer the same punishment.
What did I just write? Dear me, I must have been typing in my sleep. Blacks punished for their racism? What a silly thought.