Dr. Wendell Anthony, chairman of Detroit’s NAACP board, told CNN’s WXYZ that the post office was racist.
“It’s growing from the past, and the perception is often linked to lunch and corn,” he said.
“We are outraged by the actions of this employee and condemn the actions she chose to take part in. This type of incident is hateful and will not be tolerated or pushed to the Sheriff’s Office,” Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe told CNN in an email. “Such behavior leads to slander and is not representative of everyone who practices the law that protects and serves.”
The former employee did not identify himself. McCabe said the post was removed when it was brought to their attention. The former employee posted the photo on Oct. 23 and she was fired the same day they learned about it, Oct. 27, McCabe told CNN.
CNN affiliate WXYZ received a copy of Ta Peng and approached a former employee.
“I work hard in my law enforcement career and I am proud of the reputation I have gained in my 30 years of service. I am not a racist and I have never been,” said the former employee.
In a statement to CNN, Anthony said he believed “the post’s intention was to diminish and make the focus of these first African-Americans as Vice President of the United States.”
“If you think like this on Halloween, then you will definitely think like this under normal circumstances,” he told WXYZ.