A Colorado doctor, Michelle Herren is serving an indefinite suspension following her racist Facebook comment.
It started on a Facebook post praising Michelle Obama for her eloquence, The Sacramento Bee reports.
JoAnn Nietto told the Denver Post one of her friends typed the original status, and then she saw a woman she didn’t know, Dr. Michelle Herren, made a couple comments on it.
“Doesn’t seem to be speaking too eloquently here, thank god we can’t hear her!” said the first comment, which included a picture of Obama, who appeared to be screaming. “Harvard??? That’s a place for ‘entitled’ folks said all the liberals!”
“Monkey face and poor ebonic English!!!” She continued in a second comment. “There! I feel better and am still not racist!!! Just calling it like it is!”
Nietto found out the woman was a pediatric anesthesiologist at Denver Health, a public hospital, and decided to report her.
“It really outraged me to see that she works at Denver Health, which serves a huge minority population,” Nietto told the Denver Post on Wednesday.
Herren then added, “Monkey face and poor ebonic English!!! There! I feel better and am still not racist!!! Just calling it like it is!” according to The Root.
“Hiding behind the excuse that you’re not racist, doesn’t negate the fact that you are being racist,” she said.
The post stayed up for four days until Nieto sent an email to the Colorado University Board of Regents.
“If I never would have mentioned anything to them, how much longer would that comment have been out there in the public world?” Nieto said.
The Colorado doctor told the news station that she was simply trying to make a point that people can say anything about Melania Trump, but get accused of being racist if they talk about Michelle Obama.
She said the post was being “taken out of context” and that she didn’t realize the term “monkey face” was offensive. She did not address her comment about “ebonics.”
The Colorado doctor, Heren has removed the comment and taken down her page, the news station reports.
Denver Health released the following statement to ABC 7 Denver:
“Denver Health’s mission is to provide high quality health care to all, regardless of income levels, ethnicity, gender or social background. Our staff and our patient population are reflective of the diverse Denver Community we serve. We don’t condone nor do we agree with the statements Dr. Herren made, as they are inconsistent with Denver Health’s mission and values. However, we cannot control the opinions our staff choose to express as private individuals.”
Denver Health Medical Center confirms an anesthesiologist accused of posting a racially charged comment on Facebook is no longer seeing patients at the hospital until further notice, the Denver 7 reports.
The poster, Dr. Michelle Herren, is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Denver Health Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Colorado and is listed online as an assistant professor at CU’s School of Medicine.
While the hospital told Denver7 Tuesday that it couldn’t control the opinions their staff express as private individuals, on Thursday the company confirmed, “Until further notice, Michelle Herren, MD, will not be seeing patients or providing anesthesia services at Denver Health Medical Center.”
The comment has since been removed and Herren has taken down her Facebook page.
The Colorado doctor told Denver 7’s Molly Hendrickson over the phone that her comment was taken “out of context” and insists she didn’t realize the term “monkey face” is offensive. Herren said she was responding to another post pointing out people say whatever they want about Melania Trump, but if they do the same about Michelle Obama they’re considered racist.
Denver Health said Dr. Herren had been employed there since October of 2007.
How can calling someone a ‘monkey face’ not be offensive? She knew exactly the consequences of her action and yet went ahead with it. This is appalling and unacceptable. White racists will always use the least available chance to racially abuse Black people. Dr. Herren deserves to punished for her reckless act.