If you are one of the Americans who thinks that Michelle Obama bears a striking resemblance to a primate, you’d better keep that opinion to yourself. An Arkansas teacher learned that lesson the hard way after referring to Mrs. Obama as the “First Chimp” in a Facebook post, finding out his fate days later.
According to New York Daily News, Trent Bennett, a high school science teacher in rural Arkansas, referenced the First Lady as “Michelle Obummer… America’s First Chimp” in a post that has since been deleted. When someone challenged him for saying this, Bennett responded, “Just good to see that nasty chimp and her spider monkey husband gone for good.”
After facing massive backlash for exercising his First Amendment rights, Bennett lost his job, opting to resign. The Malvern School District held a board meeting Thursday where members voted 6-0 to accept his resignation.
The Malvern School Board called a Special Board Meeting on Thursday December 29th, 2016 at 5 PM at the Malvern School District Administrative Offices. Please see the attached minutes of the meeting.
Bennett issued the following apology to news outlets:
“I would like to issue an apology for the outrage and hurt feelings caused by these comments. I acknowledge that they were disrespectful and offensive. I am aware of the impact this has had, and though I negate that I have ever conducted myself in a less than professional manner in regard to my students, I have resigned my teaching position at Malvern High School. I have also removed my social media presence to prevent any future issues. I am unavailable for further statements or interviews, and humbly ask for everyone to respect the privacy of my family, friends, and former colleagues.”
Here’s what I’d like to know: Why is it automatically considered overtly racist to compare a black person to a monkey? Who made that rule? Someone with a penchant for race-baiting, no doubt.
I have often heard a white person compared to an animal they happen to look like, perhaps a dog or a bird, but it was never met with cries for someone to lose their job. They might not appreciate the comparison, but I have yet to be called a racist for making it. Just another double-standard, courtesy of the radical left.