In a now-removed Facebook post, a part-time Texas firefighter made a racist joke about hunting immigrants as they enter the United States. What he probably wasn’t expecting, however, was for his employers to catch wind of his xenophobia and promptly fire him from his multiple positions as a public servant.
The firefighter, Chris Bush, posted the following to his Facebook profile:
“We should buy deer feeders fill them with pinto beans put them on the border and make a new hunting season. I wonder how many Texans will buy that hunting licenses and how many tags we would be allowed…”
Wow! An EMT, he should never work again. Would he refuse to work on a person if he found out they have no papers? I’m horrified.
— Liz (@mommavandam) November 10, 2018
Bush was reportedly employed by the Westfield Fire Department, the Bellaire Fire department, and Harris County EMS. Upon learning of his post, all three promptly fired him.
Racists should really learn how social media works. You’d think they’d have seen enough of their friends fired for shit like this that they’d know to slither back under their rocks. Or maybe they’re just too stupid to make the connection. #ChrisBush https://t.co/0S50heaf4s
— Karyn Cleavely (@karynleigh) November 10, 2018
The city of Bellaire released a statement saying:
“Wednesday morning we became aware of an inappropriate and offensive social media post by a part-time firefighter. Upon learning of that post, we took immediate and appropriate action, and the individual is no longer employed with the City of Bellaire.”
Harris County followed suit. Dr. Setul Patel, president of Acute Medical Services, where Bush worked as an EMT, released the following statement:
“Mr. Bush is no longer employed at Acute Medical Services. We at AMS champion diversity and respect all dimensions of life, and do not discriminate based on age, race, religion, ethnicity and national origin, accessibility, disability, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class, marital status, veteran status or any other human dimension. As public servants, we have a duty to serve all human life that needs our help.”
And Chief Stephen Whitehead, head of the Westfield Fire Department, said,
“Shocked, disappointed, outraged for the shame it brought to him and the department.”
Twitter is glad Bush’s words had just consequences:
— Jerseylina (@Jerseylina) November 11, 2018
— Susan E. Neill (@susiesky100) November 10, 2018
— Kimberly Sexton (@kimberlydsexton) November 11, 2018
What goes around comes around.
There are consequences for everything.
— DJ Pissed Sicilian (@deelishus1964) November 11, 2018
Free speech does not guarantee no consequences for your stupidity
— KProffer (@PillDoctor67) November 11, 2018
One reader suggests an even more horrifying irony:
I actually know this guy and can't say I'm surprised. His wife is 100% Latina and his kids are too
— KB (@kbradley087) November 9, 2018
Racism has no place in the civilized world, as the city of Bellaire knew better than most. Now, Chris Bush is feeling the consequences of his online hatred.