Racist Firing Of Person Of Color– White, That Is

Karen Butler-Lynch worked at a homeless shelter whose clientele mainly consisted of black skinned people. After six years of being evaluated as an excellent worker, Mr. Lynch was fired by the executive director, Roz Roach, who informed her that a white skinned person could not understand issues confronting people of color. Ontario Superior Court Justice Gloria Klowak blasted the firing as ill-conceived and essentially entailed personality conflicts rather than racism. She awarded Ms. Lynch $28,000 in severance pay. Defence lawyer Selwyn Peters was shocked by the decision. “Obviously the judge didn’t get the racist element. I don’t think she understood conceptually the stuff about racism and what racism is and what racism means.”

I beg to differ with the Peter comment. Judge Klowak understands the meaning of racism. A person was fired because of her skin color, that is racism. Ms. Roach claims Ms. Lynch doesn’t understand what it means to be a person of color. I believe Ms. Lynch fully understands how it feels to be told you are fired because of the color of your skin. Unfortunately, neither Peters nor Roach have any understanding of the conceptual meaning of prejudice. Prejudice and hatred have been directed against people whose skin was white as well as against those whose religion differed from that of the majority. Racism knows no skin color, it only knows bigoted minds.

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  • Anonymous

    I beg to differ with the opinion expressed in your article about the firing of Karen Butler-Lynch.

    The firing of Karen Butler-Lynch was justified.

    Six years of excellent work performance but the only thing Ms. Butler-Lynch can think of when confronted by her superiors about her inappropriate racist behaviour and comments is to make yet another racist comment about her superiors by stating that it is challenging being a white woman working with a group of black women?

    Why did Ms. Butler-Lynch choose to attack the colour of their skin rather than perhaps attribute the difficulties she was experiencing in the workplace to a personality conflict?

    Would Ms. Butler-Lynch use the colour of skin as an excuse for her conduct if the same meeting occurred with a group of white women?

    By the way I am white and worked in the area of recruiting and know that white employers do discriminate against visible minorities, immigrants, and women.

    I agree with Mr. Pieter’s statement that the judge did not understand the meaning of racism.

    Unfortunately, you don’t get the meaning of racism either.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    Of course some whites discriminate against people due to skin color, ethnicity, sexual orientation and so on. So do some people with black skin. We are all brothers and sisters under the skin when it comes to discrimination.

  • Shawn

    Dr. Roz Roach is a racist.