“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,” Wendy Bell's attorney says.
“You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday … 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,” Wendy Bell, a former Pittsburg news anchor, wrote on her Facebook page concerning the March shooting suspects, who have not been identified yet.
As a veteran of the the media she should have known that stereotyping, especially in relation to black people, may become a two-edged sword. WTAE administration demonstrated unprecedented wisdom and Ms. Bell got fired as her comments were considered to be inconsistent with company’s ethics and journalistic standards and showed the lack of judgment.
Though she later apologized and said her comments “could be viewed as racist”, she disagrees with WTAE’s decision and is suing her former bosses. Her lawyer chose an extremely unexpected reason for his claim.
“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,” federal court papers filed on Monday state.
Whatever Sam Cordes, Bell’s Lawyer, wants to say by this, sounds like a mockery. Working in the media, Bell was perfectly aware of the influence of her words on the perception of black youth as thugs. She used her whiteness as a tool to persuade white audience and create the impression she wanted to get. Later she did nothing to eradicate this impression and clear the minds of people from fears and bias. And now she dares to say she was punished for being white and not for being racist.
It would be a shame if she ever succeeds in her suit!
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