Wendy Bell, a former Pittsburgh newscaster who was fired after comments on Facebook that were deemed racially insensitive, has now been given the right by a Federal judge to sue her former employer, Hearst Stations Inc.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the judge blocked Bell's suit seeking back pay, punitive damages, and her old job back.
Bell was fired from her post when she took to Facebook to comment on the March 9th shooting of five Black people and an unborn child during a cookout. “You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts,” Bell wrote. "They are young black men, likely in their teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They’ve grown up there. They know the police. They’ve been arrested.”
She was fired nine days later after WTAE determined her comment violated the company's journalism and ethics standards.
Bell filed a suit in June alleging that the station violated her rights, saying that if she had said the same about white criminal suspects, of if she was not white, she wouldn't have been disciplined at all. The suit adds that her "posting of concern for the African-American community stung by mass shooting was clearly and obviously not intended to be racially offensive.”
While Hearst filed a motion to have the suit dismissed, citing that there is no evidence supporter Bell's claim, the judge disagreed, saying that "Bell is entitled to proceed to discovery." Adding, "This motion to dismiss is denied."
This example of white privilege is truly astounding, and would become even more unbelievable if the suit was to result in Bell being given her old position back.
(Photo: Wendy Bell via Facebook)