Michigan deputy Sherry Prose insisted she was not racist despite sharing a Kamala Harris watermelon Jack-O’-Lantern
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has not even taken office yet and racists are already doing what they do best.
A long time employee of The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office was recently fired after she posted a photo on Facebook depicting Jack-O’-Lanterns on Halloween to her Facebook page. There were three pumpkins depicting President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and President-elect Joe Biden. But the last fruit was a watermelon that represented Harris, according to WXYZ News.
“The day this post came to our attention, this part-time employee was immediately terminated and is no longer employed by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office,” per a statement released by the office.
The now former employee is identified as Sherry Prose, a retired and part time employee of the department.
Watermelon is used as a racist troupe toward Black people and comes out of the Jim Crow era. After slavery, Black people sold the fruit to gain income and it became associated with their freedom.
“It grows out of [the] past and a recognition that often is linked to buffoonery and to less than,” said Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, Detroit Branch NAACP President, told the WXYZ. “Yes, I believe that the intent was purposely structured to diminish and to dilute the significance of the first African American…. as vice president of these United States. To some people ignorance is bliss.”
Sheriff @MikeJBouchard says a part-time @oaklandsheriff deputy has been terminated after this racist social media post.
It shows a carving of VP-elect @KamalaHarris from a watermelon and others from a pumpkin.
A statement from the sheriff is in the photos. @wxyzdetroit pic.twitter.com/pCFN2peQc7
— Rudy Harper (@RudyHarperWXYZ) November 16, 2020
But Prose says she isn’t racist.
“I worked hard in my law enforcement career and I am proud of the reputation I earned in my 30 plus years of service. I’m not a racist and never will be,” she told WXYZ News via text.
Inkster Police Chief William Riley said the post causes division and makes the police force look bad.
“It does not help,” said Chief Riley. “That’s why we condemn it and condemn it loudly.”
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