Wisconsin fire chief suspended over r...

Wisconsin fire chief suspended over racial remarks

There are 26 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 15, 2009, titled Wisconsin fire chief suspended over racial remarks. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The city's all-white Police and Fire Commission decided today to suspend Fire Chief Jay Behling 90 days without pay for using the N-word five times in front of employees of the all-white Fire Department.

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“Don't Say Like Dat”

Since: May 08

Jerusalem

#1 Apr 15, 2009
not the n word,noway,small town hick using the n word,get out.

“JERKIN THE BEEF”

Since: Mar 09

Born in East LA

#2 Apr 15, 2009
what's the n word ?
attn_required

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Apr 15, 2009
They should demote him and give them a supervisor that's African-American....that'll teach him!
Bah Humbug

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Apr 15, 2009
Why didn't someone immediately object after the "word" was used 1 time? Oh I get it, let him hang himself. Good tactic. Me thinks there were problems with the chief long before this incident and certain persons were just waiting for an excuse.
attn_required

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Apr 15, 2009
Bah Humbug wrote:
Why didn't someone immediately object after the "word" was used 1 time? Oh I get it, let him hang himself. Good tactic. Me thinks there were problems with the chief long before this incident and certain persons were just waiting for an excuse.
In this day and age, with this 'economy' one must really watch what they say or do because EVERY company is looking for a way to save their budget... he just gave them the 'perfect' reason!!
He really hates black

United States

#6 Apr 15, 2009
This guy must really hate black people. People sometimes accidentally say the n word one time in public and they back tracked right the way and apologize but this guy used the n word three different times. So I think that he must really hate the black people. He was not afraid to use the n word so you have to say that he is brave and gung-ho. I think that he means it when he used the n word.

“Jaywalking”

Since: Oct 08

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Apr 15, 2009
He really hates black wrote:
This guy must really hate black people. People sometimes accidentally say the n word one time in public and they back tracked right the way and apologize but this guy used the n word three different times. So I think that he must really hate the black people. He was not afraid to use the n word so you have to say that he is brave and gung-****. I think that he means it when he used the n word.
I have never been offended by the N-word. People who use it in public, like the fire chief did, are just showing their stupidity.

When people see him now, they will forever associate the N-word with him. Sounds like a redneck.
Thank you

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Apr 15, 2009
He's the CHIEF! At a minimum, he should be demoted.
Ted

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Apr 15, 2009
He really hates black wrote:
This guy must really hate black people. People sometimes accidentally say the n word one time in public and they back tracked right the way and apologize but this guy used the n word three different times. So I think that he must really hate the black people. He was not afraid to use the n word so you have to say that he is brave and gung-****. I think that he means it when he used the n word.
He must hate black people as much as Obama hates us typical white people.
You are stupid

United States

#10 Apr 15, 2009
Ted wrote:
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He must hate black people as much as Obama hates us typical white people.
This is the most stupid thing that I have ever heard that Obama hates white people. His mother is white and he grew up with his grand parents who are also white. So that means he must hate his mom and grand parents? Man, you are a dumb a$$hole.

“KNOW WHO's LAUGHING”

Since: Mar 09

The Freight yard

#11 Apr 15, 2009
the n word,they call themselves that all the time."what up my n_____?"
wigger

Stillwater, MN

#12 Apr 15, 2009
quiggleydownyonder wrote:
the n word,they call themselves that all the time."what up my n_____?"
'they' be 'we', n______
We all be African-American
Study Archaeology
Read Dr Leakey
p t bull

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Apr 15, 2009
Was he saying a rap song?

Fo shizzle my .....
bullshit

Clarksburg, WV

#14 Apr 15, 2009
The "n" word is only offensive if a White person says it, yet if a black uses it, it is totally acceptable.

By the way, the city of SM does not have a single black person on any of it's payrolls, so when you go to their Christmas party, you will not see a single black, or Mexican. What you will see it the Mayor sitting and eating and drinking with the Fire/Police Commissioner, who he allowed to get away with the crime of drunk driving. You will also see the so called "impartial" honest SM Judge sitting, drinking and laughing with the city procectuer. Funny how stacked the city "stacks" it's deck to f*uck over people...

I know of lifelong people who live in the city and can't get a job with them because they are not properly "connected" with the Corrupt Mayor, and all the Department heads...

Total corruption from the top, all the way down to everyone who is a city employee.
friend of a friend

Clarksburg, WV

#15 Apr 15, 2009
I drink down by the SM Yauht Club and that's where all the heads of SM hang out. I never seen a black person there, nor do any SM police patrol that area because that is "off limits" to arrest anyone that hangs out there...

That is where the Mayor hangs out and drinks safely; the Fire/Police Commish Erick S. left and had his drunken driving crash/fleeing the scene, and a month later, another friend of there's had a wheel fall off and he drove his car 8 blocks on 3 wheels...
Red neck

Grafton, WI

#16 Apr 15, 2009
Jaywalking wrote:
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I have never been offended by the N-word. People who use it in public, like the fire chief did, are just showing their stupidity.
When people see him now, they will forever associate the N-word with him. Sounds like a redneck.
wooooo dont you say the r word now unless you are one.And well i are one and i came from a lil town in arkansas.And let me tell you there is just as much racism in wisconsin or more even than in ar.I was actually suprised to see so much racism after moving here 6 years ago.I am not a racist redneck.I am educated and try not to judge people.But i do find myself judging stupidity.
smresident

Milwaukee, WI

#17 Apr 15, 2009
Misuse of union power.
Tom Shakopee

Shakopee, MN

#18 Apr 15, 2009
How is this different when african-americans in similar positions refer to caucasians as "crackers." Could someone explain this.
Tom Shakopee

Shakopee, MN

#19 Apr 15, 2009
c r a c k e r
BillB St Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Apr 15, 2009
I guess the white folks can call each other
" k r a u t " all day long.

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