Personal Facebook Post Spills into Public Arena

By KBJR News 1

Personal Facebook Post Spills into Public Arena

August 2, 2012 Updated Aug 2, 2012 at 9:02 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A spokesperson for the Duluth Human Rights Commission says they and the Duluth Native American Coalition members are angry following a Facebook comment -seen as racist - posted by the manager of a Duluth television newsroom.

The comment, written by FOX 21 News Director Jason Vincent, on his personal Facebook page, makes reference to, among other things, excessive alcohol use by Native Americans.

Facebook Message:
"Add drunk, homeless, Native American man to the list of animals that have wandered into my yard... Then he proceed(ed) to wave at me and give me the peace sign when he spotted me in the window. Wow..."

The status message quickly spread and drew criticism on the social media website from the public.

Vincent later posted an apology on the FOX 21 News Facebook Page, which drew even more criticism, garnering upwards of 250 replies. The comment is not being taken lightly by the Human Rights Commission, saying the words are "abhorrent and detrimental to the community."

"We just hope that he has the opportunity to learn from his mistake and gain a better sense of the Native community in Duluth and an understanding of using these comments that offended so many people," said the chair of the Human Rights Commission, Margie Nelson.

Both the original comment on Vincent's Facebook page and the apology have since been removed.

FOX 21 General Manager Jackie Bruenje said the station has no comment.

Jason Vincent is currently on vacation.