Last year Turtleboy Sports broke the story about Octavius Rowe, the Boston firefighter who was posting racist, homophobic, and anti-semitic things on his Facebook page.
He also did a podcast in which he spoke about the youth program he was running for young black males in Boston, and stated that he taught his “young lions” about the dangers of race mixing with white women. (48 minute mark)
A week or so after the blog was published he was put on leave and termination proceedings began. Lawyers were involved, an investigation began, and finally the Civil Service Commission came to a ruling last week that his termination was valid.rowe_octavius_082919
As it turns out you can be a firefighter, or you can be an openly gay hating, anti-semitic bigot, but you can’t be both.
Especially if you were previously disciplined for calling another firefighter a derogatory slur for homosexuals in 2005.
I fully believe in the importance of free speech, and believe that people who express opinions on matters of public concern should not lose their public sector jobs if some people are offended by those opinions. But when it’s your job to serve the entire community, including gay people, Jewish people, and those who choose to live in interracial relationships, then you can’t publicly state that you think these people are evil.
That should be common sense, but apparently some people don’t know how the Internet works. Either way, Octavius Rowe is an awful person who completely brought this upon himself by being a moron. In doing so he threw his comfortable life away, including his guaranteed pension, because being a bigot was more important to him than being a firefighter.
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