Three paramedics at Newark’s University Hospital were fired this week after grainy images taken by a cellphone camera surfaced showing two student interns garbed in white sheets to look like robes of the Ku Klux Klan.
Officials at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, which operates the hospital, and its emergency medical services unit, called the episode “ugly and abhorrent,” and “not be tolerated at any level.”
University president William F. Owen, who disclosed details of the incident on Friday, said one of the paramedics offered to resign, but was terminated instead on Monday. Two others were subsequently fired on Thursday.
“You don’t walk away from something like this,” he said, clearly angry…
Officials said none of those involved was a person of color, and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said it was unaware of the incident and was not currently investigating.
Just kids having fun, right? Not in my life.
If your culture, your personal ethics, finds racism acceptable, then you make excuses for racist behavior. I know I’m a hard-ass about bigotry; but, corollary to the preceding sentence is – if your personal, ethical philosophy finds racism unacceptable, then you don’t excuse racist behavior.
You don’t ignore it and hope it will go away on its own. Because it never will.