No matter how many times people are warned not to post just anything on social media, there seems to be an endless stream of morons who continue to share deeply offensive images and words on both Facebook and Twitter.
Consider the case of Wayne Walsh, the Assistant Chief of the Estherwood, Louisiana, Police Department. Walsh shared this on his Facebook wall:
When people began complaining, Walsh defended his actions with this completely ridiculous excuse:
okay then wayne pic.twitter.com/pdoe7hbaFE
— John Cullen 💬 (@nellucnhoj) August 1, 2017
True, it’s usually not against the law to share stuff on Facebook. It is indeed social media. It’s also the internet. But does that make it right to post something you know is offensive to an entire race of people?
Walsh also accused critics of playing the “race card” before he finally got around to a semi-apology, writing:
“Well, I posted something on Facebook that made a lot of people mad. Well, I’m sorry for what happen [sic]. Ya have a blessed day.”
But the damage had already been done, and Walsh was forced to resign from the force for his Facebook post. Chief Ernest Villejoin Sr said that while he accepted Walsh’s apology, such behavior will not be tolerated by any of his officers.
So let’s go over this again: The next time you get a craving to share something on social media that’s the least bit questionable or tasteless, stop for a moment and ask yourself: Is this worth losing my job and livelihood over? Chances are it isn’t and never will be.
Don’t believe it? Just ask the now unemployed Wayne Walsh.