Reported by Ashley Naples
Journalists are expected to have the skill of remaining objective, no matter how much something affects their personal beliefs. Don Surber, a white columnist who has worked for Charleston Daily Mail for more than 30 years, has failed to reveal his ability to report objectively — at least when the story he’s reporting on has anything to do with Black people.
The disturbed bigot resorted to name-calling when describing the incidents surrounding the tragic Michael Brown shooting that occurred in Ferguson, MO. Although all of the details surrounding the events that led up to Brown’s death have not been released to the public, Surber has already jumped to conclusions about Brown’s life and reasons why it needed to be terminated prematurely.
Surber did not share his thoughts about Brown and Ferguson protestors in the Charleston Daily Mail; however, he did share his thoughts on a personal website that has been brought to the attention of the general public and has sparked outrage.
Here’s what Surber had to say about Brown:
This summer I had an epiphany as I watched packs of racists riot in Ferguson, Missouri, in support of a gigantic thug who was higher than a kite when he attacked Ferguson Police Department Officer Darren Wilson, who unfortunately had to put this animal down.
When his remarks were not received with an applause, the bigoted man decided to correct his original post with this:
UPDATE: I made a factual error. Michael Brown was not an animal but a man. Big. Brutal. High. His death was a justifiable homicide and not a putting down.
Fortunately, Surber’s remarks reached his editors at the Charleston Daily Mail, which subsequently fired him. “He selected words that were unfortunate, inflammatory and, in our view, inexcusable,” editor Brad McElhinny said. “It’s his own blog, but still, he’s known as a Daily Mail editorial columnist and many readers seemed to perceive the views stated to reflect on the Daily Mail’s editorial policy.”