Congratulations to Schuyler County Sheriff Don Schieferdecker in Illinois for not understanding the public v. private settings on Facebook. Why else would he have left a comment on a co-worker’s photo that mentioned a “little fag Jew boy”?
Schieferdecker says he’s very sorry for the offensive remark that was, of course, public to anyone browsing the photo. “I’ve dedicated my life to public service and sure don’t believe in public service by being harmful to people. … I wouldn’t say or do anything like that to hurt anyone. … I couldn’t care less about anyone’s religion and sexual preference,” he says, noting that he left the comment after a long day’s work. Because only when he’s overtired does he find similarities between colleagues and little fag Jew boys.
But Schieferdecker isn’t the only one who needs to apologize: He left the comment on a photo uploaded by a dispatcher, which depicted another dispatcher and was captioned with the word “fag.”
Says Scott Thompson, the mayor of Rushville, Ill.: “I’ve been asked by many to make a statement regarding the remarks the sheriff made on a Facebook page earlier this week. Don is my friend but I will not speak to his heart or thoughts. I do however want to speak to my responsibility as mayor. I do not condone language which conveys discrimination or prejudice due to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin. Such language would reflect poorly upon the individual and the community.”
Keeping in mind what would happen if Schieferdecker posted a comment about the dispatcher looking like a “little fag nigger,” everyone weigh in on Schieferdecker’s future: Do we fire him?!