Update On Firefighter Who Was Fired For Bringing A “Racially Insensitive” Watermelon To Work
Ten black Detroit firefighters are speaking out in support of the white firefighter who lost his job for bringing a “racially insensitive” item to the workplace.
41- year-old Robert Pattinson was fired on his first day on the job after showing up for work with a watermelon decorated with a pink bow.
The fruit was a gift for the station house, and a tradition that new recruits take a part in to introduce themselves.
Ordinarily, new recruits might bring in a box of donuts for everybody, but 41-year-old Robert Pattinson chose to bring in a watermelon.
However, officials felt the gift was an expression of racism, pointing out the fact that 90% of the Detroit Fire Department is black.
Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones released the following statement to Fox 2:
“…A trial firefighter (probationary employee) engaged in unsatisfactory work behavior which was deemed offensive and racially insensitive to members of the Detroit Fire Department. After a thorough investigation, it was determined that the best course of action was to terminate the employment of this probationary employee.”
Former Detroit NAACP executive director Heaster Wheeler, who previously worked as a Detroit firefighter, told the Detroit News,
“It is not OK to take watermelon to work. This is a teachable moment where we could learn from this action.”
Social media erupted in outrage over the idea that society is now trying to label the eating of a common fruit as a form of racism and oppression.
Already on the list of incredible things that have been labeled as forms of racism in modern America are the defeat of WHITE presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying the name Chicago, Barack Obama’s middle name, thinking that Obamacare, if passed, would have become the disaster that it is today, and advocating for the protection of the Second Amendment.
Now, according to Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones, we can add fruit onto the list of things that are racist in America.
Thankfully, not all minds at the Detroit Fire Department thought that Pattinson should have been fired for bringing a fruit to work.
Firefighter Tadarius Spearman issued a social media post in which he supported the fired firefighter, and commented that there were at least ten other black firefighters who stood with him:
“I’m sure some people heard about the firefighter and the watermelon incident on the news. Just wanna let everyone know he’s a real amazing dude and it was all good intentions. And our ENTIRE class (is) supporting him in this. ESPECIALLY us African-Americans and that’s all that needs to be said. Stay up brother. #DFD.”
What do you think about the Detroit Fire Department firing a person for bringing a watermelon to work? Was it an overreaction, or was it warranted?
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Source: Fox 2
Source: The Detroit News