There’s an old mantra: “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” I’d change that to “If you can’t say anything productive, don’t say anything at all,” but in either case, it’s a mantra that now ex-Assistant State Attorney Kenneth Lewis would do well to learn.
Lewis, you see, lost his job because he, like far too many people, assumed that what happened on social media stayed on social media.
“3rd World Miscreants and Ghetto Thugs”
The attack at the Pulse Nightclub killed 49 people and was the worst mass shooting in United States history. And that’s saying something. This is a country that averages over one mass shooting a day; a country where roughly 30,000 people die each year from gun violence, whether it be homicide, suicide, or accident.
Like most shootings, this one was met with an outpouring of grief. But unlike earlier ones, it may have also (finally) spurned action. One example: The largest, most successful lobbyist organization for minorities, the Human Rights Campaign, promised on Thursday to fight against easy access to firearms.
Of course, some things never change. One of those things is people like former Assistant State Attorney Kenneth Lewis.
Lewis is no stranger to controversy or asshole remarks. In 2014, he posted on Facebook his own variation of a happy mother’s day:
Happy Mother’s Day to all you crack hoes out there… It’s never too late to tie your tubes, clean up your life….
So, as you can see, this guy’s a regular prince charming.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that he would make some similarly insensitive remark in the wake of the Pulse shooting, trashing the entire city of Orlando as being “void of any redeeming quality” — something he knows all about, I’m sure — and saying it was home to criminals.
The post read, in part, “The entire city should be leveled. It is void of any redeeming quality.” Later he added: “It is a melting pot of 3rd world miscreants and ghetto thugs.”
Unlike before, though, this time, Lewis wound up in hot water. According to Angela Starke, a spokesperson for the Florida State Attorney’s Office’s 9th Judicial Circuit, Lewis violated the SAO9’s social media policy. Every employee is required to sign in; this violation wound up getting Lewis suspended.
And really, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person, right?
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