‘Sh*tbag… welfare dependent’ parents killed Trayvon Says FL Fire Captain
The widely reported death of teenager Trayvon Martin at the hands of an over-zealous, gun-toting, racist neighborhood cop, George Zimmerman, has sparked wide-ranging public sentiment, mostly supportive of the victim and his parents. But some negative reactions have exposed deep-seated racism emanating from surprising corners. In Florida, a Miami-Dade fire department employee, a government worker whose salary is paid for by tax-payers, and whose job description requires empathy and tolerance of all socio-political and ethnic groups, attacked Martin’s family in a coded racist message of hate on the social network Facebook.
The Grio reports that fire captain Brian Beckmann made the following entry on his Facebook page last week on the same day that George Zimmerman, roaming the streets of Florida a free man for some 44 days after killing Martin, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder of the 17-year-old:
“Listening to Prosecutor Corey blow herself and her staff for five minutes before pre-passing judgment on George Zimmerman. The state seeks reelection again, truth aside. I and my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban youths are victims of racist profiling or products of their failed, shitbag, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents, but like Mrs. Corey, we speak only the truth. They’re just misunderstood little church going angels and the ghetto hoodie look doesn’t have anything to do with why people wonder if they’re about to get jacked by a thug.”
Beckmann later deleted the post and defended himself, writing, “I am a private citizen and have the same right to freely express an opinion on any subject that anyone else does. I choose not to embellish or alter the facts as your employer chose to do.”
“Wrong, cap’n,” South Florida journalist Bob Norman wrote for WPLG. “You’re in a high-ranking position in taxpayer-financed fire department that serves all people in life and death situations, including those people in the inner city that you apparently despise. He’s proven himself unfit for public service.”
“The definition of racism begins: ‘The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race …’. Key word: all,” Norman added. “There’s no denying that there are deep problems in the black community that shouldn’t be ignored. But the real ignorance is to lump everyone together into one narrowly defined and incredibly negative and hateful ball. It’s not just stupid to do that, it’s dangerously stupid.”
A spokesman for the Miami-Dade Fire Department released a statement that promised the comments would be investigated.