Racist Witch Hunt Strikes Again

Written by Ed Brodow on April 6, 2018

by Ed Brodow

ClashDaily Contributor

Police in Sacramento, California, attempted to interrogate Stephon Clark, a 22-year old black male, on suspicion of breaking windows in the area. When confronted by the police, Clark tried to run away. Two officers eventually shot Clark when they believed he was pointing a gun at them. Clark’s family has challenged the police version. Angry protests have taken place in Sacramento.

Expressing her personal opinion about the case, Faith Linthicum, a delivery nurse at Kaiser Permanente in the Sacramento area, posted this on Facebook: “Yeah but he was running from the police jumping over fences and breaking in peoples houses … why run??!!! He deserved it for being stupid.” Was Linthicum entitled to express her opinion? Was her statement racist?

Answering no to the first question and yes to the second, Christina Arechiga, described by the Sacramento Bee as an “activist,” blew the whistle on Linthicum by describing her comments as racist. Arechiga was “shocked” that Linthicum works as a nurse in labor and delivery at Kaiser. In her post on Facebook, Arechiga wrote: “How can we trust our lives, the lives of our black and brown babies, to these people? Nurses are supposed to help people not be happy when people die.” “People of color were unwittingly entrusting their infants to this woman,” Arechiga is quoted by the Sacramento Bee, “and their insurance dollars were paying her salary.”

(Left) Faith Linthicum (Right) Christina Arechiga

Kaiser fired Linthicum. The hospital company attempted to distance itself from any potential accusations of racism. “Kaiser Permanente does not tolerate hate or discrimination and has a long history of embracing diversity and inclusion … We want to emphasize that the comments expressed by this employee do not in any way reflect Kaiser Permanente’s views or actions.”

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This case bears all the signs of the racially-tinged witch hunts that are becoming commonplace throughout America. Linthicum never impugned “people of color,” never said anything about “black and brown babies,” nor did she exhibit any behavior that would cast doubt about her fitness as a nurse. She simply expressed her opinion of a public felony case in a public forum that has no connection to her employer.

Arechiga, who is not connected to the Clark case, immediately dialed up the race card. She apparently has some experience at this, having helped to organize a 2014 demonstration against the police action in the Michael Brown/Ferguson case. Although the Sacramento Bee article does not disclose Linthicum’s race, it can be inferred from Arechiga’s comments that the nurse is white. If there is any racism here, it is on the part of Arechiga for automatically assuming that a white nurse must be antagonistic to “black and brown babies.”

Kaiser Permanente rolled over and fired Linthicum without any evidence of wrongdoing. Julia L. Jenness, an employment attorney cited by the Sacramento Bee, said that Kaiser “would have to determine whether the employee’s words and actions make her unsuitable for her position.” That makes sense. But then Jenness attempted to adjudicate the case by stating that, “When you say something like that as a nurse, then it does bring into question whether you are a qualified caregiver.”
Something like what? Linthicum merely expressed her disapproval of a felonious act. How does that bear on her fitness as a nurse?

In other words, Linthicum is guilty of racism without having her day in court. Calling someone racist without proof is part of the liberal playbook. It really seems ridiculous and yet we have reached a place in our social history where witch hunts are a regular feature and anyone can be brought down by unsupported accusations of racism.

What are we supposed to do to safeguard the legal protection afforded by “innocent until proven guilty?” So long as the Left and its media collaborators refuse to defend this principle, we are in big trouble. Kaiser Permanente has become a collaborator by falling over backwards in order to comply with the cry of “racism” by a known rabble-rouser. The reference in Kaiser’s statement to “diversity and inclusion” is a dead giveaway that the leftist playbook is running the show.

When will the witch hunting come to an end? When will race-baiters like Arechiga be told to sit down and shut up? When will employers like Kaiser show a little backbone? The Sacramento community has lost a trained caregiver and the country has been driven further down the road of liberal insanity.

Ed Brodow is a political commentator, negotiation expert, and author of Tyranny of the Minority: How the Left is Destroying America.

Ed Brodow is a political commentator, negotiation expert, and author of Tyranny of the Minority: How the Left is Destroying America.

Ed Brodow is a political commentator, negotiation expert, and author of Tyranny of the Minority: How the Left is Destroying America.

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