Black employees are often fired immediately and usually face additional consequences that will affect their ability to secure future employment when they do something at work that publicly reflects negatively on the company as a whole….so why was this FDNY staff member recently re-hired after sending out a host of racist Tweets?

26-year-old Joseph Cassano was “forced to resign” back in 2013 after he sent out a series of racist Tweets, insulting the African-American and Jewish communities. In one of his most offensive tweets, Cassano was outwardly disrespectful towards to the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr, telling his Twitter followers, “MLK could go kick rocks for all I care, but thanks for the time and a half today.” In another of his Tweets aimed at insulting Black people Cassano said, “Getting sick of picking up all these Obama lovers and taking them to the hospital because their Medicare pays for an ambulance and not a cab.”

Despite his repeated public display of disregard for those in the African-American community, Cassano recently confirmed to the NY Daily News that he will be rejoining the FDNY staff with the next Emergency Medical Services Academy class beginning on July 13. Upon hearing the news of Cassano’s possible reinstatement back in April, former Vulcan Society of black FDNY firefighters president John Coombs expressed his disapproval. “He doesn’t care about a large segment of New Yorkers,” Coombs told NYDN.

African-American employees, women specifically, have been fired and publicly humiliated for much less without the possibility of regaining employment with the companies who fired them anywhere in sight. Remember the biracial Canadian woman who was fired from her position on the Black Educators association for “not being black enough?” Or what about the meteorologist from Louisiana who was fired from her job over her natural hair? Most recently, a black female Subway employee was immediately fired for “celebrating” the killing of two cops in the midst of her frustration with the current police war on Black lives. Think she was offered her job back? Not a chance.

Whether or not you agree that all or none of these individuals should be given the chance to get their jobs back, the bottom line is that whatever the case, they all face the same consequences OR be afforded the same second chances…..but they aren’t.

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