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Gerod Roth somehow thought it was a good idea to post a picture on his Facebook page of his coworker’s young son. Unfortunately for him, his friends thought the post was their outlet for a number of racial slurs and comments they wrote on the page.

When an Detroit woman, Ife Johari, caught wind of the post, she tried to locate the child’s parents via social media and finally did. Sydney Shelton, Roth’s coworker, was unaware that a photo had been taken and posted and was appalled when she saw comments that included one from Roth that called her son ‘feral’ and others from his friends that included a post asking when Roth had become a ‘slaveowner.’

Fox 5 News reports: 

“I just really feel upset, not only with myself, but also the character that was based off the comments that my friends had made. Cayden has been victimized but I have been targeted,” Roth said.

The post has since been deleted from Facebook.

Roth claims he didn’t think she would mind.“People post things in a jokingly manner and it gets taken a completely different way but I don’t believe any of these people were joking,” Shelton said.

Shelton also told FOX 5 News she’s thankful for the #HisNameIsCayden movement that is gaining attention online. She said people from all over the world are reaching out and showing support. Her employer, Polaris Marketing Group, is also accepting gifts for the boy whose birthday is later this month.

“He is not a deaf child. He is not mute. He has never been abandoned. He is a well-loved, fun-loving, hyper-active and typical three-year-old,” Shelton said in response to comments made on the post.

“A person said, ‘Oh, you mean to tell me that you just have wild kids running through your office building?’ And that’s when I said ‘he was feral.’ That was interpreted as racist and that, honestly, was not my intention whatsoever.”

Roth also insists he told one of his Facebook friends to stop making racist remarks. But that comment was cropped out of the screen shot, he said.

Roth emailed Shelton an apology.

Shelton told FOX 5 she hasn’t found the words to respond at this time.

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10 thoughts on “Fired Atlanta Man Sorry His Facebook Post Of Coworker’s Son Was ‘Taken Out Of Context’ [WATCH]

  1. pac4me on said:

    WOW!!!! I just looked up the definition of “feral” – a word that Roth admits he said. Here is the definition of feral – –
    1. existing in a natural state, as animals or plants; not domesticated or cultivated; wild.
    2. having reverted to the wild state, as from domestication: a pack of feral dogs roaming the woods.
    3. of or characteristic of wild animals; ferocious; brutal.

  2. pac4me on said:

    Shelton should not even dignify him or his comments by responding to something that we all know is what it is. His intention was not to get caught by the world at large and his employer. i have often said that we can’t change what’s in a man’s heart but we can surely change what happens when his heart acts reckless and stupidly – getting fired is the consequence of how your heart truly feels

  3. Really, taken out of context. Dude that’s like me taking a picture of your son and me and my friends call him a cracker, a hoogey or a future klu klux klansman. How stupid can you be. you’re sorry your ass got fired, Now take that out of context.

  4. As I continue to say all this social media BS proves over and over just how detrimental it can be when common sense isn’t applied, black or white (look at the case of Ebony Dickens) it’s still stupid and you’d think adults would know better

  5. Comment was not taken “out of context”!!!!!!!!!

    Why is it whenever White folks are caught saying/doing something ignorant do they always have some type of excuse??????

    Now his sorry ass will be in the un-employment line!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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