Like the rest of the nation, the Kansas City Fire Department confronts changing times, shifting attitudes and problematic social media communication.
To wit . . .
AMID 2020 POLITICAL TURMOIL, KCFD WORKERS SUFFER REBUKE FOR POSTING RACIST CONTENT TO SOCIAL MEDIA!!!
We've seen a lot of the stuff first hand and it's not just political fodder but really nasty message board garbage memes that get many users banned. At best the content doesn't look very professional, at worst the continued racist postings have sparked fear of "systemic racism" within the department given that workers would so brazenly post ALLEGED hate speech whilst identifying themselves as first responders.
Accordingly, KCFD has released a memo in order to address the crisis in the making. At the very least, this documentation will provide a starting point for Council Lady Melissa Robinson's "implicit bias training" classes.
As always, TKC TIPSTERS get first word. Here's the story . . .
"KCFD sent this out recently BUT still is not disciplining anyone for continually posting offensive and racist materials while representing KCFD online."
Here' the money line from the internal document:
"Every day we see KCFD employees providing excellent service to all citizens, regardless of gender, race, religious background, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Despite these virtues, the ways that we treat each other internally, specifically in social media, have become divisive.
"KCFD stands committed to providing a safe, inclusive workplace where ALL employees are treated fairly, consistently, and are free to work without discrimination or discord. It has been repeatedly brought to our attention of late that some individuals, identified readily on social media as KCFD employees, repeatedly defy this commitment by posting inappropriate, offensive, insensitive, discriminatory, and overtly negative statements regarding current social justice movements, religious, sex, color, political views, and/or race. This type of action is not only contrary to what the Labor Management Partnership promotes, it discredits our department and foments distrust within our ranks."
You decide . . .