Reason# 2,345 of Why I Hate Facebook: Using Facebook can get you FIRED! Meet Lee Landor, HATER of the WEEK!

August 8, 2009

Nah, bro, I dont facebook...

Nah, bro, I don't facebook...

Even though in this situation, I am glad that they person resigned from their job.  Anyone who reads the blog knows how I feel about Facebook.  It is becoming like the Borg of our society.

By joining Facebook, you join us....

By joining Facebook, you join us....

Sometimes, I do feel powerless, as everyone I know is on Facebook, except for Ronin and myself.  I mean, I do see the benefits of Facebook, but for the benefits, you have to take the detriments as well, and they are too extreme for me.  For instance, using facebook can get you fired, just ask Lee Landor.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s deputy press secretary has abruptly resigned after spending time at the office railing against Barack Obama and defending racial profiling on her Facebook account, following the controversial arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates last week.

Lee Landor, who joined Stringer’s staff several months ago, first posted a link to a news report on President Obama’s remark that the Cambridge police had “acted stupidly” in arresting Gates. She commented on the incident, writing that “the situation got ‘out of hand’ because Gates is a racist, not because the officer was DOING HIS JOB!”

Well, Ms. Landor, had you been doing your job, you wouldn’t have to resign, and become a story yourself on the news.  IF I had a facebook account, I would post this story to my wall. (Of course, I would wait until I got home to do it…)

The comments were posted at 11:43 a.m. on Friday, July 24, while Landor was apparently working in the borough president’s office. That same day, she posted to Stringer’s official government blog about a plan the borough president had proposed for reviving mayoral control of the city’s public schools.

Landor defended her initial remark in subsequent comments on the page posted at 12:32 p.m. the same day, adding that “racial profiling does exist, but for good reason. Take a look at this country’s jails: who makes up the majority of inmates? Exactly.”

I am waiting for you to make the next argument about look who is on welfare…exactly. (For those of us not in the know, it’s whites who make up the largest population of people on welfare)

Now, if you just look at some stats, it might prove Ms. Landor’s point.  From the Bureau of Justice

Highlights include the following:

  • On June 30, 2006, an estimated 4.8% of black men were in prison or jail, compared to 1.9% of Hispanic men and 0.7% of white men.
  • For the 12 months ending June 30, 2006, State systems reported a larger increase than the Federal system in the number of inmates housed in private prisons.
  • Between July 1, 2005 and June 30, 2006, the number of persons held in local jails increased 2.5% to reach 766,010 inmates, the lowest growth since the 1.6% increase in mid-year 2001

But, what she fails to realize is that even though Black Men (the target group she hates) represent almost 5 percent of the total population of men who identity as black, we only make up less than 7 percent of the TOTAL population.  Whites in America make up 80 percent of the overall population in America.  Let’s do some simple math.  The population of the U.S. is about 307 million people.  For conveinence sake, let’s make it 300 million.  Also, let’s assume an even gender split as well.  So, 120 million Americans are White Males.  From that population, 0.7 percent find themselves behind bars.  840,000 white males are behind bars.

6.5 percent of the population of America would identify themselves as Black. So, roughly 19.5 million men in America are black.  4.7% of the population are behind bars, which is roughly 900,000 black males are behind bars.  So, the total numbers are pretty equal.  So, what are we to take from Ms. Landors statements?  Draw your own conclusions, but, I am going to go with she is a certified racist, whether she self identifies as on or not…

this is where reperations should start....

this is where reperations should start....

The comments were made in Facebook posts traded with two other people, neither of whom are government employees, and one of whom is apparently related to Landor.

Landor also referred to the president as “O-dumb-a,” and said that “Black people, Hispanic people, Indian people, Asian people, whoever, are being over-the-top racists in recent weeks, as highlighted in the media since the Sotomayor-New Haven issue.” She was apparently referring to the case in which Sonia Sotomayor ruled that the New Haven Fire Department had the right to cancel a test determining promotions within the department because no black firefighters passed.

So, basically everyone but whites are racists.  Yup, I got it.  You want to preserve white privilege…why wouldn’t you? I like privilege as much as the next person…it was a broad sweeping brush that this racist used to paint her picture of woe…

Its just easier to say this...At least then her racism wouldnt be cloaked in a false air of academia and polite society.  Just get gritty and grimey and say what is really on your mind.  I can respect that approach...

It's just easier to say this...At least then her racism wouldn't be cloaked in a false air of academia and polite society. Just get gritty and grimey and say what is really on your mind. I can respect that approach...

In a statement issued late Monday evening, Dick Riley, Stringer’s communications director, said the borough president had accepted Landor’s resignation, effective immediately.

“Ms. Landor’s comments were totally inappropriate and in direct contradiction to the views of the borough president and his office,” Riley said in the statement.

Landor did not return messages left on her cell phone seeking comment.

Landor’s Facebook profile, which could be viewed by people beyond her selected “friends” network (including others in government) through Monday afternoon, was apparently deleted after Riley was reached out of the office on Monday evening for comment. Screen shots of the comments had already been obtained by City Hall.

This is what I don’t get.  If you are not ashamed of the things that you write on the wall or in comments (or however it works, since I don’t have it) then why would you delete them later?  I only get rid of the things that I am ashamed of, or know that the subject matter is inappropiate.

Michael Hardy, an attorney for the National Action Network, had called for Lander to be fired immediately.

“If this statement is accurate, then this person should be terminated from the office if [Lander] made the statement during [her] government service,” he said in a phone interview after reviewing the comments. “And if [she] didn’t make this statement during [her] government time, then the public should be advised—and we certainly will advise them—that this should be taken into consideration when voting for Scott Stringer as your Manhattan borough president.”

He added: “It would be very sad if this statement represents the position of the Manhattan borough president’s office.”

A funny comment that I read later was, “What does a borough president actually do?”  I have no idea, but I am assuming that it is rolling around in the layers of fat surrounding any made up political office…

Dick Dadey, the executive director of Citizens Union, a good-government group, said Landor’s comments were inappropriate because they were made on government time and with government resources.

“The use of social networking sites during the work day by government employees is not something that should be permitted, unless it is specifically a part of a communication effort of the elected official or department for which they work,” Dadey said. “Commenting on a political matter not germane to the performance of their job during work hours is questionable.”

Dadey added that allowing government employees, especially those involved in representing elected officials to the public, to comment on political issues on personal websites made it difficult to discern official policy from private opinion.

“It’s easy to draw conclusions that they’re blending the personal with the political in questionable ways,” Dadey said. “The line becomes blurry as to whether they’re representing themselves or the elected official.”

5 Responses to “Reason# 2,345 of Why I Hate Facebook: Using Facebook can get you FIRED! Meet Lee Landor, HATER of the WEEK!”

  1. Ronin Storm said

    Ha Ha what a loser. I always love reading about racist losing their jobs. Makes my day. But how stupid can a person be? Surely not a role model for racists.I’m gonna assume most racists are not this stupid. Most are just opportunists to a system that favors them. Unless of course you are a black, Latino, or Asian racist then you just hate yourself and everyone around you or hatist for short. But let this be a lesson to all racists out there: don’t post racist crap on Facebook or Web if you want to keep your job. Or do?

  2. Erik said

    I’m not really sure this is a reason why Facebook is bad in and of itself. This just seems to illustrate to me that there are a bunch of dumbasses out there who don’t realize that saying stupid shit on the internet (which is PUBLIC DOMAIN) can get back to you. The type of people that get busted saying racist shit on facebook are the same people who would, in a facebook-less world, be circulating the same hate via office-wide emails and the like. This seems to be a case of “don’t hate the online social networking site, hate the racist social networker.”

  3. djironmike said

    Exactly which part of what she posted was racist? And please examine more closely the OJP numbers. MINORITIES account for more than half of this country’s prison population.

    Ms. Landor’s statement (via NY Times):

    I am not a racist. My parents immigrated to this country as victims of racism, ethnic prejudice and religious persecution. I was raised in Queens, which is the most diverse county in the country — where immigrants from every nation on earth live as neighbors. I was taught the values of tolerance and respect to all humans. My family is a member of the A.C.L.U. and contributes to the Wall of Tolerance. We have each been activists in the Save Darfur movement.

    I voted for President Obama on the merit of his vision for our country, regardless, rather than in spite of, his race. I firmly believe that personality traits and individual character result from one’s life experience — not her race, ethnicity or religion. Because I see people for who they are rather than for their skin color, I hold them to the same standards to which I hold myself.

    I expressed a personal opinion in a private forum that was based on my understanding of facts available to me. It is understandable that a black man encountering police will be suspicious of racial profiling, based on the long history of racism in this country. Nevertheless, it appeared to me that Professor Gates acted toward Sergeant Crowley based on his own prejudice, stereotyping a white policeman to be a racist. Belonging to a group that has been continuously victimized by racism does not grant its members immunity from reciprocating prejudice.

    My very point was that choosing not to identify racially based prejudice in that particular situation, and in general, as just that — racially based prejudice — is a double standard. My criticism of President Obama was that he perpetuated that double standard through his comments. I positively choose to follow President Obama’s invitation to engage in conversation about race and resolve it until it is no longer an issue that plagues our society.

    My resignation resulted from my comments because they were misunderstood and taken out of context, and posed a threat to Borough President Stringer’s political standing, especially during an election year.

    • Steve said

      So, obviously you can’t read or your comprehension is so bad that you don’t understand simple concepts. Racial Profiling is racist. So, by your understanding can I assume all white people are hooked on meth, can’t handle the sauce or have a coke problem?

      The issue with racial profiling is just that, you place an incorrect assumption about people and hope that it works out. One reason why there are more black criminals is that they are more likely to be profiled, but blacks are SIX times more likely to be patted down for usually a grey area search.

      Maybe you also missed the part where she said that all groups but whites have been racist recently, with the Sotomayor hearings. Damn, has white privilege blinded you to the fact that being white is worth something in the lottery of life?

      I actually paid attention to the stats and the interesting thing that comes from your statement is that since minorities are half the population in jail, we should assume ALL NON WHITES are hoods…

      thanks for showing that you are a racist. But, please come again, you are good for business…

  4. Nathan said

    I don’t know what the rest of you niggas is talking about but if Kerry Collins and admitted racist (and alcoholic) must not start before Vince Young, who wile admittedly looked shaky, must be qb 1 for the titans.

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