I don’t know if Diane Amoratis was aware of her employer’s social media policy or their standards of behavior for their employees. If not, it doesn’t matter now: she’s been fired. The past week has been one where heated rhetoric has been exchanged over the police killings of black men in a 24-hour period and the ambush killings of 5 white Dallas police officers a day later. Emotions ran high and, these days, it means airing grievances on social media.
Still, there is a time, place and way to air these grievances. As far as Diane Amoratis’ employer was concerned, she exercised poor judgment in all three.
In her Facebook post, Amoratis starts out by saying:
“They should have bulldozed the BLM protest at the 24/25th district last night. Disgraceful!!! And for all the police officers who have to work amongst these trouble makers, you deserve all the praise in the world.”
“Blacks kill each other every day, all day long, and it’s ok with them. Why not protest when Jamal kills Kalif???? Well, I AM WHITE AND PROUD TO BE WHITE!! WHITE LIVES MATTER!!!! POLICE OFFICERS LIVES MATTER!!!”
Then, she tops it off with:
“I am sick and tired of all this bull—- with the black people!! If you don’t like my post, then delete me as your friend.”
Not everyone took her up on the advice to delete her. Instead, a number of people contacted the hospital where she worked, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, to voice their displeasure with her online behavior.
On Wednesday, a statement issued on the hospital’s Facebook page confirmed Diana Amoratis had been terminated.
“I am writing in follow up to the message that Dr. Klasko and I sent yesterday regarding hate speech. As an education and healthcare organization, we must embrace and protect each other in order to fulfill our mission to provide a caring and healing environment at Jefferson. I can report that we followed our established policies and procedures to address with dispatch the incident referred to yesterday. That individual is no longer at Jefferson.”