Former Attorney General Eric Holder once said the United States remains “a nation of cowards” on issues involving race, in large part because you will be eviscerated by the left and their media allies over the slightest provocation.
At the same time, a handful of folks on the right taint all conservatives when voicing their prejudices, as seen last week when a now-fired real estate agent demonstrating outside the Broward County elections office allowed her emotions to get the better of her.
For what it’s worth, the videos were shared by a Twitter account touting the profile: “no borders no walls no usa at all.”
These women are haranguing the only black person here, standing on a bench holding a Gillum shirt.
“Because he’s black” pic.twitter.com/xgJ1qruoip
— Just Djinn It (@getsthegoods) November 9, 2018
Liliana Albarino-Olinick, who works as an independent contractor with Plantation-based United Realty, was fired after videos came to light of her mocking and berating supporters of Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, according to the Daily Business Review.
Protesters have been gathering outside the office protesting the actions of Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, who has repeatedly broken the law in the process of tabulating last week’s election results, and passions were high on both sides.
In one video, Olinick is heard saying, “It’s all about, ‘Let’s vote black,’ that’s all it is.”
She was reportedly responding to a black woman supporting Gillum, who is also black, as is Snipes.
Another protester asked the woman why she was supporting Gillum and Olinick answered the question.
“Because he is black. Because he is black,” she said. “If it was a white candidate, they wouldn’t be out, but because he is black, that’s why — because they are racists, that’s why.”
In a second video, Olinick is seen imitating and mocking what was reported to be three elderly black women chanting the Democrat tagline, “Count my vote.”
Hours later, still mocking anyone black pic.twitter.com/Jtptk4GzB7
— Djinn (@ARAEveryDay) November 9, 2018
While subtle, the extreme exaggeration of their words and actions was impossible to miss.
United Realty owner David Chambless terminated Olinick’s contract with his agency after seeing the video, along with that of her husband, who is also a real estate agent working under an independent contract with the company, Daily Business Review reported.
(Turns out, the husband was not even at the protest.)
“As an organization, we don’t condone those actions,” Chambless said. “We are a very diversified, multicultural organization. As soon as we found out about it and then we confirmed what happened, we immediately dismissed her from our organization.”
Speaking of her actions, Olinick told the Daily Business Review that it was “very inappropriate behavior, and it’s not the person that I am.”
“I reacted to the back-and-forth political banter and awful things said to me,” she continued. “Some of those statements were just as awful. It’s no excuse. I am sorry for offending anyone, and certainly that was not my intent.”
As for the legality of the decision to fire her, David Ruffner, senior counsel at Miami-based Lash & Goldberg, believes United Realty acted within its discretion because the Olinicks work in the private sector.
“There’s much more leeway for private employers to contract about what the term of employment or the relationships are,” he told the business news site.
“I don’t see why [United Realty] wouldn’t be able to take that action short of some sort of governing document that’s an employment contract,” Ruffner said.
Michael Landen, a partner at Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine in Miami, agreed that United Realty was within its rights, considering that Florida is a right-to-work state and the Olinicks were independent contractors.
“Short of an unlawful reason, employers in general in Florida have a lot of leeway as to when and why they can fire people,” Ruffner said.
“If she wasn’t doing all the gestures and didn’t bring all the attention to herself, it wouldn’t have become a big enough story that United Realty would have cared,” he added. “They probably would not have cared if she were simply holding a sign that said ‘Fire Brenda.'”
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