UPDATE: The Denver Channel is now reporting that Dr. Michelle Herren, who posted “racially insensitive” remarks about First Lady Michelle Obama is not seeing patients until further notice. While the hospital that employs her initially said that they could not control private statements by employees, they have backtracked from that response.
Until further notice, Michelle Herren, MD, will not be seeing patients or providing anesthesia services at Denver Health Medical Center.”
The University of Colorado School of Medicine has also begun the process of terminating Dr. Herren’s faculty appointment.
“She has expressed values that are at odds with ours and she has compromised her ability to meet the teaching and patient care missions of the School of Medicine,” said School of Medicine Dean John J. Reilly, Jr. in a statement Thursday afternoon.
The comment has since been removed and Herren has taken down her Facebook page.
Denver Health issued a statement:
Denver Health is deeply disappointed by the remarks posted on social media by Dr. Michelle Herren against the First Lady of the United States. We are offended by the comments made by this individual, who was acting independently in her private capacity. Her views are contrary to the mission and values of Denver Health, and to our staff and patients.
Denver Health proudly serves people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and social backgrounds – and our staff and patient population truly reflect our diverse community and nation. We are reaching out to all of our patients, employees and physicians to reinforce our culture, mission and beliefs that all individuals regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation are deserving of dignity and respect.”
A Colorado professor and doctor is claiming she isn’t racist after making very disturbing comments about First Lady Michelle Obama. But what’s new?
Dr. Michelle Herren, a pediatric anesthesiologist for Denver Health Medical Center and assistant professor at Colorado University’s School of Medicine, took to Facebook to bad-mouth FLOTUS.
On Facebook, Herren posted a picture of Michelle Obama yelling, and added her own caption: “Doesn’t seem to be speaking too eloquently here, thank god we can’t hear her! Harvard??? That’s a place for ‘entitled’ folks said all the liberals!” In the comments, Herren added, “Monkey face and poor ebonic English!!! There! I feel better and am still not racist!!! Just calling it like it is!”
Herren has since deleted her post and follow-up comments, and argues that what she said was taken out of context. She also says she was responding to another post, “which argued that it’s OK to ‘say whatever they want about Melania Trump, but if they do the same about Michelle Obama they’re considered racist,’ Complex writes.
The site continues, “Dr. Herren, who makes $363,600 a year, will keep from her job with Denver Health, where she’s worked since late 2007. Denver Health said in a statement: ‘We don’t condone nor do we agree with the statements Dr. Herren made, as they are inconsistent with Denver Health’s mission and values. However, we cannot control the opinions our staff choose to express as private individuals.’”