The Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California was the site of a horrific mass shooting today. Not many details have been released thus far, but apparently this was a holiday party gone terribly awry, with 14 people dead and at least 17 injured.
Marybeth Feild, the CEO of Inland Regional Center, obviously has much more pressing matters than updating her Facebook page, so I won’t be TOO hard on her. It is highly questionable, however, for a CEO of a company that is supposed to help people with developmental disabilities to post racist memes on Facebook. And it is just plain stupid to post these things, period, while leaving your page open to be viewed by anyone. I’m sure she oversees quite a diverse clientele at Inland Regional Center, and maybe some remedial diversity training is in order for her.
I could have posted screenshots of how she thinks the media needs to “be nicer to Ben Carson”, or how she still believes the Barack Obama is a Muslim myth in 2015, or her sketchy recipe ideas as well. But, like I said, she’s had a rough night and I promised not to be too hard on her.
My thoughts are with all the families affected by this tragedy.
UPDATE, 12/3/2015: Two suspect names have been released: Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who are Arabs. Which makes this article terribly ironic, since Feild posted that picture on her Facebook page approximately two weeks before this incident. It is also ironic because it will probably serve to reinforce her world view (and many others, I would imagine) that Arabs are “inbred savages”. So far in 2015, we have had an average of over one mass shooting A DAY, shootings committed by many people other than Arabs. I won’t pretend to know the answer, but until we reach a paradigm shift in enforcing gun control in this country and we take a hard, honest look at ourselves in the national mirror, things will never change. I hope, for your sake as well as mine, that they eventually will…