Dell Rapids Fire-Rescue Boots Volunteer for Trumpy Racism on Facebook

As a demonstration of how everything you say on social media is on the record, John Nygaard of Dell Rapids was booted from volunteering with Dell Rapids Fire-Rescue for comments he left on the Facebook page of a Kansas State University student.

Last week Paige Shoemaker—reported to have been a KSU sophomore but said to have joined a KSU sorority in 2013—posted to Snapchat a picture of herself and friend Sadie Meier in blackface and making gang hand gestures with the caption, “Feels good to finally be a n—-.” When the photo and caption started making the online rounds, Shoemaker defended the picture as a joke for friends and (channeling Donald Trump) said she is “the least racist and most accepting person you will ever meet.” Shoemaker quasi-pologized on Facebook, still insisting her own moral virtues and imploring people to “come to me and ask me about what happened and try to get to know me before they judge me off of the picture and everyone else’s opinions on the internet.”

John Nygaard stepped in with his own judgment of millions of people he hasn’t tried to get to know. Raw Story posts this screen cap from the thread below Shoemaker’s now deleted crapology (not-safe-for-kids language included):

John Nygaard's comments on Paige Shoemaker's apology, September 2016.
John Nygaard’s comments on Paige Shoemaker’s apology, September 2016.

“Think we should make slaves again,” writes Nygaard. He then exhorts readers to “Vote Trump!” and “F— these people.” The combination of those two phrases in one electronic breath concisely captures the deplorable white male rage and exclusivity that lies at the core of support for candidate Trump.

Dell Rapids told Nygaard to hang up his fire gear pretty quickly:

John is no longer a member of our volunteer organization. Dell Rapids fire would like to apologize on behalf of our former member for his insensitive and narrow minded comments on Facebook. This is something we take very seriously and this type of thinking will not be tolerated by our members [Dell Rapids Fire-Rescue, Facebook post, 2016.09.17].

Trump thrives because his angry supporters (think about it: have you met any Trumpeters who aren’t angry?) think he legitimizes their ugliest impulses. One rural fire department shows the courage that voters should show in six weeks, rejecting such careless racism and hatred in public service.


8 Responses to Dell Rapids Fire-Rescue Boots Volunteer for Trumpy Racism on Facebook

  1. The GOP has to face the realization that Trump appeals to racists.

  2. Dell Rapids is a beautiful city and countryside. I have not been through there in sometime, but will make it back this fall to check out the colors. That was not on my list for this year, but after seeing how they handle their business there, seems like a good place to enjoy. Racial and religious hatred is all around us, so it is good to see courage in calling out the ignorant.

  3. mike from iowa

    People’s opinions are like sweets- a moment on the lips-forever on the internet.

  4. Hillary was right. Racist deplorables flock to Trump.

  5. bearcreekbat

    Jenny, I recall that you said you are not going to vote for Hillary. Without calling her names, or characterizing her as a dishonest or evil person, can you tell me which of the policies that she proposes if elected President that you object to or disagree with?

  6. Possibly the author is just being humorous and I unwittingly took the bait. However, there are lots of Trump supporters who aren’t angry. Yes, I have met some of them. (Also, I have less information about this, but I would imagine that there are Hillary supporters who are angry.)

    Anti-establishment-ism (sp?) isn’t something that is exclusively a Republican issue, is it?

  7. If you have met Trump supporters who are not angry, you unwittingly just took the bait again. Wake up and stop being such a pushover. As far as being humorous, you may need to work on that as well

  8. Timoteo, in the Internet age, people need to figure out that they can’t casually make some jokes, not when those jokes will leap out of context and the words will be judged on their own. People really do need to watch their language, with a clear recognition that they are speaking to a potentially global audience.