Michigan’s deputy sheriff fired after posting a racist photo depicting Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as a watermelon pumpkin lantern alongside pumpkin carvings of Trump, Biden and Pence
- Sherry Prose was fired from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office last month
- The part-time deputy had shared a photo of a Kamala Harris watermelon pumpkin lantern alongside pumpkin carvings by Trump, Biden and Pence
- “Trump, Biden, Pence and Kamala. Happy Halloween, ”the post said.
A Michigan sheriff’s deputy has been fired after sharing a photo of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as a watermelon pumpkin lantern for Halloween.
Sherry Prose, a part-time assistant in the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, was fired last month after officials learned of her “disgusting” Facebook post, W X Y Z reported.
Prose, who had worked for the agency for more than 25 years, had uploaded photos of Halloween sculptures depicting Harris, President Trump, Mike Pence and Joe Biden.
Sherry Prose, part-time assistant in the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, was fired for an offensive Facebook post describing Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as a watermelon pumpkin lantern
Trump, Pence and Biden were depicted as carved pumpkins in one photo, while Harris was depicted as a watermelon carving on another.
“Trump, Biden, Pence and Kamala. Happy Halloween, ”Prose wrote.
The post was considered offensive due to the use of watermelons in racist tropes among black Americans.
Watermelons have long been used as a racist trope among black Americans since the Civil War
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Prose was “immediately terminated” after the department saw the photos.
“We are outraged by the actions of this former employee and condemn the behavior she has chosen to engage in,” Deputy Sheriff Michael McGabe said in a statement.
“These types of incidents are disgusting and will never be tolerated or dismissed in the sheriff’s office. Such behavior tarnishes the badge and is not representative [of] all those who uphold the law who protect and serve.
Reverend Dr Wendell Anthony, chairman of the Detroit NAACP chapter, also weighed in in a statement calling the post racist.
‘It grows from [the] past and a recognition that is often tied to buffoonery and less than, ”Dr Anthony said.
“Yes, I believe the intention was deliberately structured to diminish and dilute the importance of the first African American…. as vice president of these United States. For some people ignorance is bliss. ‘
Later, Prose deleted the post before completely deleting his Facebook account.
She responded to the controversy in a statement to the news station saying, “I have worked hard in my career in law enforcement and am proud of the reputation I have gained during my 30s. years and more of service I’m not a racist and never will be.