Tennessee Deputy Jail director, David Barber has kicked himself out of office after he came under severe backlash for publicly exhibiting his anti-black nature.
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – A deputy director of Shelby County Corrections Center resigned after posting offensive anti-black messages to his personal Facebook page, according to WBTV.
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A WMC Action News 5 viewer sent photos of the two controversial posts the anti-black jail official is accused of making to his personal Facebook page.
One post called the president “Obummer” and the first lady, “Mooshell.” Barber wrote that he hoped they are killed in an Arabic country. The other post compared the Ku Klux Klan to the president, saying the white supremacist group was more American than Obama.
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“I was offended,” Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said. “I think anybody who read it would be offended. It was horrible. It was very offensive.”
Luttrell said his department learned of the posts Friday. On Tuesday, Barber resigned.
According to Luttrell, his department began investigating the posts but did not immediately terminate Barber, because the department wanted to exercise due diligence in the investigation.
Since he resigned (as opposed to being fired), Barber will receive his benefits package from the county. Barber worked for the county for around 17 years.
The mayor did say he thought there was a chance Barber would have been terminated if he had not resigned.
“He was very contrite, very apologetic. He recognized that he made a mistake,” Luttrell said. “I don’t know [why he did it]. That’s a question only he can answer.”
Luttrell said while the comments were made on Barber’s personal Facebook page, that page made it clear that he was an employee of Shelby County. Luttrell said government employees are held to a high standard because they represent the government on and off the job.
In another, he wrote that he hoped “obummer” will move to “thaArab world,” where “the Muslims will eliminate him and mooshelle as queers.”
Barber also posted a meme cheering the impending departure of Obama, adding the caption, “Arrest convict hang and confiscate all assets.”
And Barber once took to Facebook to express his concern “that media using mixed race couple’s in ads as normal is one way liberal’s are trying to eliminate the white race.”
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell called Barber’s posts “freedom of speech” and said that he would “counsel him very sternly,” adding that “as far as grounds to discipline him at this time I don’t think we have those. … He’s been counseled about it and hopefully we’ll see some corrective behavior.”
Another post, according to the Memphis Flyer, is about the Obama family claiming they had been discriminated against because they’re black, The Washington Post reports. According to the newspaper, Barber commented, “Arrest convict hang and confiscate all assets.”
The posts were shared from the page of a group called “the Free Patriot,” which posts conservative-tinged news stories.
Recent posts from the group’s Facebook page include a video of an apparent angel that appeared over the White House after Trump’s election. Another was a story with the headline: “WARNING: Black Lives Matter Brings Riots To “White Racist Neighborhood” = BLOOD WILL SPILL –”
Barber could not be reached for comment. He was one of the top officials at a detention facility that is larger than any other “in this area of the south,” according to its website. It houses about 2,600 inmates per day and has a staff of about 1,000 people.
“We’re getting calls now from employees who can’t believe they’ve been working around a man with this level of insensitivity,” Burgess told the newspaper. “There is no prescription for those kinds of beliefs and attitudes. There is nowhere this should be accepted and I am disappointed in the leadership and how it was handled.”
Barber wasn’t the only official who had to resign from his position because of a problematic Facebook post this week.
After Donald Trump was elected president, Pamela Ramsey Taylor, director of the Clay County Development Corp. in West Virginia, wrote on social media about replacing Michelle Obama with Melania Trump. “It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady back in the White House. … I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels.”
Taylor was removed from her position, and Mayor Beverly Whaling, who commented approvingly on the post, resigned.
It is appalling how these anti-black people have suddenly vamoosed from their hideout to publicly endorse white supremacy upon the election of the new president of the United States. They are just using that as a cover-up to perpetrate their evil deeds. Moreover, if an official of his caliber actually believes that America is for white people, then he really needs to quit as he’s not worth the position he has.