An assistant police chief for the city of Estherwood, Louisiana, has resigned after sharing a meme showing a woman forcing a child’s head under water as punishment for dating a black person.
“It’s not against the law to share something on Facebook. It’s social media. Internet,” assistant police Chief Wayne Welsh said on social media in the face of public outrage over the post he shared.
The image Welsh shared depicts a woman in pink shoving a child’s head under water in the background. The visual takes on a sinister, explicitly racist meaning when one reads the accompanying text: “When your daughter’s first crush is a little negro boy.”
The relationship of text to image suggests that the child is being brutalized — and possibly killed — for dating someone black.
A screenshot of Welsh’s post went viral on Twitter, garnering over 38,000 retweets by Wednesday afternoon. Read more. (8/3/2017 3:01 PM)