I recently saw a video where a man was using his free time to harass some people who were protesting a fracking operation.
A black man, who is a freelance video journalist was filming the incident. The man harassing the protesters began making racial comments directed at the photographer. He even went so far as to make ape like noises directed at the camera man.
Eventually, the video made its way to the people who employed the white man with a poor opinion about fracking protesters, and black people, and he was fired.
The company issued the following statement:
“Today, we were disgusted to learn that one of MMC’s former employees used racial slurs and made racially charged comments during a peaceful protest in Mars, Pennsylvania, outside of work hours at a location with which we have no affiliation. We are sorry that this incident occurred. Whether at work or not, we do not condone hate speech – EVER. Inclusion and diversity are among MMC’s core values. We believe in equality for everyone, regardless of race, age, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. MMC has terminated this employee and will never do business with him again in the future.
MMC Land Management”
I call attention to the line that says: “We believe in equality for everyone…” What does that mean? “EQUALITY” Merriam-Webster says : the quality or state of being equal : the quality or state of having the same rights, social status, etc.
So by using the word “equality” the company violated its own policy when they fired the man, as he was simply exercising his freedom of speech.
We need to understand that we are never going to agree with everybody we meet, or see on TV, in the media, or social media. we are always going to think differently than others. That is part of what makes The United States such a wonderful place for everybody.
Had he said that we all need to put a stop to allowing Syrian refugees to enter the United States because some of them could be terrorists, would he have gotten fired? I hope not! Because a lot of folks I know would be out of a job too!