Tracey Carver-Allbritton (pictured left) one of two white women who were allegedly involved in the initial fight at the McKinney, TX pool, has been placed on administrative leave by her employer, CoreLogic Inc., reports Daily Kaos.
The initial fight led to police being called to the scene, and the viral video of a 14-year-old African-American girl being slammed into the ground by McKinney Police Officer Eric Casebolt.
Video of the initial fight, which has since surfaced online, shows an adult white woman and an African American teen girl in mid-fight, with each holding the other’s hair attempting to throw punches. A group of black teens initially watch the fight, but eventually try to separate the two.
Another woman, now known as Tracey-Carver Allbritton, seems to be trying to break up the fight, but ends up throwing punches at the younger girl’s head. After a few seconds the fight is broken up and both parties go their separate ways.
A Twitter campaign was launched by Dallas Communities Organizing for Change (a group fighting for racial justice and police reform) to find the two women involved, and to inquire why they hadn’t been arrested, or at least questioned for their role in the fight.
Eventually, a Facebook profile linked the second woman in the video to Allbritton, and to her apparent employer listed on the account, Bank of America.
The tweet spread like wild fire and eventually forced Bank of America to conduct its own investigation. Contrary to what is listed on her Facebook profile, Bank of America released a statement online confirming that in fact she didn’t work for them, but that she did work for one of their vendors.
That vendor company is CoreLogic Inc, a major financial data and analytics firm closely aligned with Bank of America. CoreLogic has been providing various financial and home loan services to Bank of America since at least 2011, which is around the time the U.S. Department of Justice settled a $335 million suit for racially discriminating against African Americans and Latinos in home mortgage lending.
Dallas Communities Organizing for Change co-founder Stephen Benavides, writing for dailykos.com, wonders if Allbritton is directly involved in deciding the issuance of loans:
While CoreLogic Inc. seems not to be directly responsible for the decision on whether or not to issue home mortgage loans or other financial products to individuals, they provide a comprehensive lender profile and all necessary information needed to make the decision. This includes providing services such as credit profiles, credit reports, home mortgage default services, and analytics on multifamily leasing among others.
According to a statement given to the Dallas Morning News, “CoreLogic does not condone violence, discrimination or harassment and takes conduct that is inconsistent with our values and expectations very seriously. As a result of these pending allegations, we have placed the employee in question on administrative leave while further investigations take place.” Several calls to confirm if this was actually the case have yet to be answered by CoreLogic Inc.
This is seen as preliminary good news by some, but the question still remains as to what her role exactly is with the financial data firm, whether or not she has direct decision making authority over the issuance of loans, and if so, how many African Americans and Latino’s may have been denied based on her personal racial bias.
An elementary school teacher unrelated to the McKinney situation nonetheless decided to share her thoughts on Facebook and was soon after her post was discovered, removed from her position. Karen Fitzgibbons, a fourth-grade teacher at the Bennett Elementary school Wolfforth was let go after her Facebook post went public.
Friendship Independent School District officials fired Karen Fitzgibbons (pictured right) a fourth-grade teacher at Bennett Elementary School in Wolfforth, for making the controversial post,the district announced in a statement Thursday.
In the since-deleted post, Fitzgibbons decried the Tuesday resignation of McKinney Police Cpl. David Eric Casebolt, shown on video pointing his gun at two unarmed black teenagers and pinning a 15-year-old black girl clad in a swimsuit to the ground outside of a neighborhood pool in McKinney.
“I’m just going to just go ahead and say it…the blacks are the ones causing the problems and this ‘racial tension,'” Fitzgibbons wrote in the Facebook post. “I guess that’s what happens when you flunk out of school and have no education. I’m sure their parents are just as guilty for not knowing what their kids were doing; or knew and didn’t care.”
The elementary school teacher continued, “I’m almost to the point of wanting them all segregated on one side of town so they can hurt each other and leave the innocent people alone. Maybe the 50s and 60s were really on to [sic] something. Now, let the bashing of my true and honest opinion begin…GO! #imnotracist #imsickofthemcausingtrouble #itwasagatedcommunity”
She may not be racist, but Fitzgibbons is currently unemployed and has herself learned a valuable lesson in social media etiquette.