A Dallas weatherman resigned after comments he made about the Democrat National Convention had people crying racism.
Bob Goosmann, who was the chief meteorologist at KRLD, lashed out at the DNC’s “Mothers of the Movement” speech in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
“As many of you have probably noticed, I’ve stayed away from politics on FB. The DNC parading the mothers of slain thugs around on their stage has me furious,” he wrote.
And that opinion cost him not only his job, but his entire career, as he said in a statement, posted on Dallasnews.com, that he has “no plans to return to broadcasting.”
To all reading this thread. Yes, I resigned, but would definitely have been fired, and rightly so. What I say online, no matter where, reflects upon my station and employer. KRLD is a great station, providing invaluable information to all listeners, and I am sorry if they have had to deal with all the repercussions.
As far as my post, it was never meant to denigrate the lives lost or the Moms that lost sons. I was angry that the DNC used these mothers to garner votes, and that was it.
Some have said that it was a racial statement. If that is how anyone took the post, I am sorry that it has caused such trouble.
I used the word thugs in my post, but I thought a thug was just a violent person. The definition of thug does not mention any race.
I will say I talked with an African-American acquaintance and he told me that he feels like when he hears the word, it is in reference to an African-American individual. I had NO IDEA.
I also respect that many say some of the individuals that lost their lives were not violent criminals. I was angry and I posted, without completely researching all involved.
The main reason I posted is I just reached a level of frustration with the anti-police rhetoric in this country and what the DNC did that night was a slap in the face to our men and women in uniform.
I know there are bad cops, and they have to be removed and justice has to be served. Hopefully we are moving in that direction.
I’m worried about our Nation. We have some big issues. i think we can all agree on that.
I value all life. I was brought up to believe that ALL MEN AND WOMEN are created equal, all across the globe.
I have no plans to return to broadcasting. Weather is a passion, and I will always have it! Don’t need TV or radio for that!
I hope you all have a great weekend.
Well Bob, you were lied to. The word thug has existed for a hundreds of years and it’s definition does not have any racial connotation, other than in the minds of the perennially offended.
Merriam-Webster defines thug as “a violent person or criminal.” That’s it.
The origin of the word goes all the way back to the 14th century and described a gang of criminals, known as the thuggee, who terrorized India, according to the BBC.
But facts don’t really matter in a day and age where expressing your opinion can cost you your livelihood.
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