MBTA is the greater Boston transit bureaucracy. The Boston Globe reported:
An MBTA Police officer has been relieved of his duties as a drill instructor at the MBTA police academy after posting a controversial comment on his Facebook page over Father’s Day weekend.
WCVB reported that Officer Joe Rossi posted the following status on his social media profile: “Farther’s [sic] Day, the most confusing day in Roxbury.”
The report said the MBTA responded to the status by removing Rossi from his role as a drill instructor at its police academy and saying he will undergo training “on the importance of treating people and communities with dignity and respect.”
So I’m thinking that the MBTA is really against typos. And then I concluded that the idiots who employ this person are assuming that his comment was an anti-LGBT comment. And then I read this at WCVB TV:
A Father’s Day post on Officer Joe Rossi’s Facebook page read, “Farther’s (sic) Day, the most confusing day in Roxbury.”
“It’s a sad commentary on what this gentleman thinks is going on in communities of color,” said Boston NAACP President Michael Curry.
The MBTA said Rossi will no longer continue in his role as a drill instructor at the police academy.
In a statement, the MBTA said, “In addition to being disciplined, the officer in question will be re-trained on the importance of treating people and communities with dignity and respect.”
City Councilor Tito Jackson, who represents Roxbury, said the comment from the officer is a setback for a community that is getting stronger.
“Great things are happening here and to have anyone make any disparaging remarks about Roxbury in that way is absolutely uncalled for,” Jackson said.
The MBTA said it is also investigating other officers who either “liked” or commented on the Facebook post.
NewsCenter 5 unsuccessfully tried to reach Rossi for comment several times.
So it’s a racial thing. That’s usually what “communities of color” refers to. And I am reminded that Roxbury has a higher minority population than, say, Wellesley. But is this stupid comment on a Facebook page really an actual “setback” for the community, City Councilor Tito Jackson? Is it that bad?
Anyway, so the guy is saying something about black people in Roxbury, that Father’s Day might be “confusing” to them? What, he’s saying that they are dumb and don’t understand “Father’s Day”? Or is it because there are a lot of LGBT people amongst the black population? Or same-sex couples, or lesbian couples with kids in Roxbury? And why do they have to relieve some officer of his duties as a drill instructor because he made a racial and/or anti-LGBT comment on Facebook? What does being a moron writing stupid things (and typos) yet are non-threatening have to do with one’s ability to be a drill instructor? Oh, I get it. This is Massachusetts. Sorry for my ignorance.