Under fire

Colorado doctor ignites outrage with racist Facebook post about Michelle Obama

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Michelle Herren, a doctor at Denver Health Medical Center, has come under fire for making racist remarks about Michelle Obama on Facebook. She posted an unflattering photo of the first lady to her Facebook page with the comment “Doesn’t seem to be speaking too eloquently here, thank god we can’t hear her!” In a separate comment she added, “Monkey face and poor ebonic English!!! There! I feel better and am still not racist!!! Just calling it like it is!”. The comments were spotted by JoAnn Nieto, who told The Daily News that she had complained to the CU Board of Regents. “It’s absolutely outrageous and ludicrous. It’s unprofessional,” she said.

Herren, who works as a pediatric anesthesiologist and is an assistant professor at the University Of Colorado Denver School Of Medicine, has since taken down the comments and her Facebook page. She told KMGH-TV, a local TV station, that her comments had been “taken out of context” and even added that she did not realize that “monkey face” was a racist reference. A spokesperson for the Denver Health Medical Center said Herren, who makes $363,000 a year, will not be seeing patients or providing services at the hospital “until further notice.” The ugly display of racism comes weeks after a similar incident in West Virginia when a mayor and another local government official both women, gleefully referred to Obama as an “ape in heels.” The mayor, Beverly Whaling, abruptly resigned over the incident just one year into her term.

Read the full story at The New York Daily News.

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