Wendy Bell, a former anchorwoman for a Pittsburgh TV station was fired from her job on March 30th due to comments on a Facebook post that were deemed racially insensitive.
The Facebook comments that put her in this position were in response to the shooting of five African Americas in Wilkinsburg, a poor suburb of Pittsburgh.
Bell wrote “You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts. They are young black men, likely in their teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They’ve grown up there. They know the police. They’ve been arrested.”
Bell has since filed a lawsuit against her former employer, WTAE-TV. The lawsuit states that “Had Ms. Bell written the same comments about white criminal suspects or had her race not have been white, Defendant would not have fired her, much less disciplined her.” The lawsuit also states that “Ms. Bell’s posting of concern for the African-American community stung by mass shooting was clearly and obviously not intended to be racially offensive.”
Bell has apologized for her comments, saying her words “were insensitive and could be viewed as racist.” The news station has also apologized, saying Bell’s comments showed “an egregious lack of judgment.”
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