The University of Colorado’s School of Medicine is cutting ties with a faculty member who made a racist remark about First Lady Michelle Obama on Facebook.
Dr. Michelle Herren, who works at Denver Health Medical Center, holds a non-paid faculty appointment at the CU School of Medicine, and a medical staff appointment at Children’s Hospital, where Denver Health physicians supervise residents and other medical practitioners in training, the Denver Post reports .
“We are beginning the process to terminate Dr. Herren’s faculty appointment,” Mark Couch, spokesman for the school, said Thursday. “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.”
As previously reported on The Root , Herren posted a photo of Michelle Obama yelling on Facebook. Under the photo, Herren wrote: “Doesn’t seem to be speaking too eloquently here, thank god we can’t hear her! Harvard??? That’s a place for “entitled” folks said all the liberals!”
Herren then added, “Monkey face and poor ebonic English!!! There! I feel better and am still not racist!!! Just calling it like it is!”
It is unclear whether Denver Health will take a similar action against her.
“We are bumping up against a First Amendment right,” said Kelli Christensen, Denver Health spokeswoman. “A lot of people are working very hard to resolve this situation.”
After the story was covered by several media outlets, many on social media called for the hospital to take action against Herren. Denver Health issued a statement saying that Herren’s comments were offensive, but they were made while she was “acting independently in her private capacity.”
SOURCE: Monique Judge