Despite the dramatic rise in racism, violence and hate crimes since reality television star and serial rapist Donald Trump was elected as the next President of the United States, some Americans are still in denial about what Trump’s rhetoric actually symbolized. To see the truth, you don’t have to look any further than the President-elect’s supporters, who have finally found their dictator and their voice through Trump’s hate speech.
Trump’s supporters, being as hateful and racist as they are, have no business serving the public and Tennessee jail director David Barber is the perfect example. Barber served as the deputy director of the Shelby County Corrections Center outside Memphis – until Tuesday, when his supervisors found out what he was posting on his Facebook page in his spare time.
Barber’s profile has since been deleted, but proof of his disgusting racism lives on in screenshots. On his page, there were an onslaught of posts raising the Ku Klux Klan and Donald Trump, while bashing the Obamas. One of the more alarming posts suggested that Trump, who Barber called “an agent of the Klan”, would kill or drive the Obamas out of the country once he got into the White House.
Some of the posts, complete with grammatical errors, were as follows:
“The KKK is more American than the illegal president!”
“If TRUMP wins and obummer cannot start martial law, he will run to his new mansion in thaArab world to hide. Hopefully the Muslims will eliminate him and mooshelle as queers.”
Another post suggested that police should “arrest, convict” and “hang” the President and First Lady.
These posts are the perfect representation of the amount of hate Trump has riled up in this country, and how he has helped to normalize bigotry. Fortunately, Barber has resigned over these posts, according to Director of Corrections William Gupton. In a press release, Gupton said that he’d discussed the “offensive nature of the comments and the impact they would have on the corrections center” with Barber, and the racist jail director decided to resign after a 17-year career at the corrections center, incapable of harnessing his racism or becoming a decent human being.
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrel condemned Barber, even though the social media posts had happened off the clock. Luttrel said:
“Anyone in a leadership position at Shelby County Government is held at a high standard of behavior, both on and off the job.”
But unfortunately, Luttrel added that Barber has not been formally disciplined or suspended.
“It’s freedom of speech and he’s not representing the county. I think the best we can hope to do is to counsel him very sternly and tell him that that’s not the behavior we expect of our leaders.”
Barber clearly has no business watching over Americans at the corrections center, and we can only imagine how many people of color have been subjected to his racism. We certainly hope he is never allowed to work for the American public again.