Skip to comments.Detroit’s Black Firefighters Back White Recruit Fired over ‘Racially Insensitive’ Watermelon
Posted on 10/12/2017 6:51:56 AM PDT by Lera
A group of black firefighters from Detroit are backing their white colleague after he was fired on his first day for bringing a racially insensitive watermelon to work.
Robert Pattinson, 41, was fired after introducing himself to his fellow firefighters by bringing in a watermelon with a pink bow on top as part of workplace tradition of new recruits bringing in a gift for fellow employees on their first day on the job.
However, a number of black firefighters from the same department reacted to the incident with a big show of support for Pattinson, describing him as an amazing dude who had good intentions.
Just want to let everyone know hes a real amazing dude and it was all good intentions, firefighter Tadarius Spearman wrote in a Facebook post, alongside ten African-American firefighters. And our entire class (is) supporting him in this. Especially us African-Americans and thats all that needs to be said. Stay up brother. #DFD.
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[[Yet Second Battalion Chief Shawn McCarty confirmed that some staff argued it was racially insensitive to bring a watermelon to a firehouse, and Pattinson was consequently discharged by Fire Commissioner Eric Jones, who described the incident as offensive:]]
So if he'd brought lasagna to the station would the Italians be offended because he was "insensitive" and racist?
That means some staff are racist because they immediately associated watermelon with African Americans.
Imagine if he had brought Aunt Jemima pancakes and syrup.
Boycott stores that sell racially-insensitive produce!
Wow, That engine company is full of the darker shade of pale type people.
Good for them. Every once in a while we get a glimmer of hope in today's world that it has not gone completely mad.
However I do understand the old Picaninny ads:
Or fried chicken!
They are now called 'Black Licorice Babies'. When I was a kid growing up in Canada, we called this candy 'Nigger Babies'. I never liked the candy not because of the name (to which I was indifferent), but because I do not like the taste of black licorice.
Bringing a gift? F that.
He would have already committed Arkancide. 😀🇵🇭
Who knew watermelon was racist.
This is a travesty of justice. Surely intent has to count for something if they are going to impose such a huge penalty. If there was no obvious racist intent and just plain naïveté, the man should be reinstated and given an apology.
Good to see that the Detroit Firefighters have more common sense than the NFL, NAACP, ESPN and the US Government combined.
This guy was only trying to be nice, fit in on his first day, establish comradeship and be part of the team. If anyone needs to be fired, it’s this retarded turd Second Battalion Chief Shawn McFarty.
His local fruit stand had four different grades of watermelon:
1. Organic seedless (highest price)
4. Racially insensitive (lowest price)
He’s not a racist, he’s just cheap. He bought the lowest priced watermelon.
Only if it was from the olive garden ;)
Would that be the kind with a thin skin and big black seeds?
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