I’ve ceased to be surprised by how awful people can be online, but I will never stop being amazed by how stupid they are about it. I guess mega-racist people are rarely the brightest pennies in the fountain, but still. If your Facebook posts are set to public anyone can see what kind of horrible sh*t you’ve been writing. If they’re set to private, you better know that it’s possible one or two of your friends isn’t as horrible as you, and they’re going to bust your ass. I don’t know why I’m giving away free advice to racist social media users, but i doubt they’ll take it anyway.
For example, Miss Jane Wood Allen, a teacher in Forsyth County, Georgia. Allen decided to take time out of her day - that she could have spent doing literally anything else - to post about Michelle Obama and compare her to a gorilla. Allen wrote, “I admire a gorilla more than I admire her. (Wait I forgot, she is a gorilla)! … She is the worst example of a First Lady ever! (Oh sorry, I meant gorilla not First Lady)!” and “This poor Gorilla. How is she going to function in the real world, by not having her luxurious vacations paid for anymore? She needs to focus on getting a total make-over (especially the hair), instead of planning vacations!”
The racism is terrible, but so is the fact that she clearly thinks she’s got jokes on jokes.
A rep from the school district Jennifer Caracciolo said in a statement, “Our schools are closed for fall break this week. We have and will continue to address this issue with the employee next week...Racism and discrimination are not tolerated in Forsyth County Schools.”
Allen has also posted hateful stuff about Muslims and Mexicans.
It’s unclear if Chesterfield Elementary will actually fire her or just give her a pamphlet on appropriate uses for social media.
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