A Colorado doctor has been ordered to stop seeing patients and was given the pink slip from the medical school she teaches at after calling First Lady Michelle Obama “monkey face.”
According to the Huffington Post, Dr. Michelle Herren, a white pediatric anesthesiologist at the Denver Health Medical Center and a faculty member at University of Colorado School of Medicine, came under fire when she responded to an “unflattering” photo of FLOTUS on Facebook.
She wrote: “Doesn’t seem to be speaking too eloquently here, thank god we can’t hear her! Monkey face and poor ebonic English!!! There! I feel better and am still not racist!!! Just calling it like it is!”
Absolutely not, Helen: Calling Black people monkeys is as racist as it gets. And the First Lady is stunningly beautiful and flawless and has two Ivy League degrees. So trust and believe that her English is on point.
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Herren kept her problematic post for four days which prompted a friend-of-a-friend to contact the University of Colorado’s medical board about Herren’s behavior.
“It really outraged me to see that she works at Denver Health, which serves a huge minority population,” Joann Nietto recently told the Denver Post.
On Wednesday, the school released a statement saying they were “offended” by her words.
On Thursday, officials from the Denver Health Medical Center said that they are now in the process of firing the assistant professor.
“We are beginning the process to terminate Dr. Herren’s faculty appointment,” Mark Couch, spokesman for the school, also told the Post. “She has expressed values that are at odds with ours and she has compromised her ability to meet the teaching and patient care mission of the School of Medicine.”
Meanwhile, Herren has very little self-awareness stating that her comments were taken “out of context” and that she didn’t realize the term “monkey face” was racist, ABC-7 reported.
One of these days, folks are gonna learn that there are serious consequences for speaking sideways about FLOTUS.