Bloomberg to Racist EMT: ‘Learn How the Internet Works’

Have you gotten a good chuckle yet about how the New York Post made this big dumb cue ball of an FDNY employee weep and wail when they confronted him about his racist Twitter screeds, written under the alias “Bad Lieutenant” and an avatar of Hitler? Because this is schadenfreude at its guilt-free best. Anyway, leave it to Mayor Bloomberg to miss the point.

As the Post reports today:

“I don’t understand why people don’t understand that anything you write, anything you send out is going to be re-tweeted, re- Facebooked, re-this, re-that,” Bloomberg said one day after EMT Lt. Timothy Dluhos was suspended for 30 days without pay as the FDNY probes his postings. … Bloomberg offered this Internet-age version of the Golden Rule: “Write down, No. 1, only things you believe, and, No. 2, think about how it would look if somebody else sees it.”

Um, what the shit? Pretty sure this dude’s problem was not that he failed to follow rule No. 1. And: think about how it would look? WHAT ABOUT JUST NOT BEING RACIST, THEN YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHICH OF YOUR TOXIC BELIEFS ARE ANATHEMA TO SOCIETY. I just can’t believe that reeducation on retweeting is supposed to get us anywhere on the basic human empathy front—though trying to confine casual sexism to Reddit is going pretty well, I suppose.

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