Jason Vincent, KQDS news director, calls Native Americans "animals" on Facebook

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All around the country, reporters are learning a dangerous lesson about Facebook: what's said there isn't private, and could cost you your job.

The latest is Jason Vincent, the news director at KQDS in Duluth, a FOX-affiliate. He's the author of the above post, which is currently causing a clamor.

The post reads:

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Jason Vincent tried to be funny on Facebook and failed.
Add drunk, homeless, Native American man to the list of animals that have wandered into my yard ... Then he proceed to wave at me and give me the peace sign when he spotted me in the window.  Wow..."

Vincent has since deleted the post and apologized.

"I would never insult the Native American community, especially since I myself am Native.  I did not realize how poor the choice of words were I used until I looked back and saw what I had posted.  I sincerely apologize for my words and to anyone offended by them."


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17 comments
MarkM15
MarkM15

Wow.  Misinterpreted joke.  But that's Facebook for you.

Eric_Best
Eric_Best

I was kidding - clearly he was making a funny comment that was not racist (at least not intentionally), it just mentioned a race. Its pretty clear he isn't out to insult the entire Native American community.

Alexis Dawn
Alexis Dawn

People don't seem to understand that using the term Native can be used as a descriptive and is not always a racial slur.

Jess Bowers
Jess Bowers

Twisting his words? I don't understand how this article is twisting his words? He wrote what he wrote, and just because he's saying he's Native himself doesn't mean all is well in the world, racism is taught, and he as a "News Director" should know what crosses any line.

Eric_Best
Eric_Best

But... humans ARE animals...

AngelAssassin
AngelAssassin

i didn't see anywhere in his post where he called Native Americans animals. he was referring to this one individual, and i think if the individual would have been any other race, he would have still referred to the individual as an animal... it seems like an unfortunate choice of words to me... i know i have made those!?!

Lesi Lewis
Lesi Lewis

Leave the poor man alone and stop twisting his words.

Tracy Marcotte Shaffer
Tracy Marcotte Shaffer

This is the facebook quote he wrote: "Add drunk, homeless, Native American man to the list of animals that have wandered into my yard ... Then he proceed to wave at me and give me the peace sign when he spotted me in the window. Wow..." I don't feel that he was calling all Native American animals, just comparing this one drunk man as an animal. He should have taken the Native American off the sentence and just wrote drunk, homeless man and continued on - no one would have questioned this statement. It would have been something funny instead.

Michael J. Fischer
Michael J. Fischer

Well, it's a Fox affiliate, so they maybe like this kind of PR....

Joyce Cook
Joyce Cook

he claims to be Native American himself

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

Even though your headline is also written like a typical entry level journalist. He called the one who was in his yard an Animal. Not all of the Natives like your headline make it seem. Only shock to this story is that it wasn't some of Aaron's fine entry level journalism.

mrselfdestruct22
mrselfdestruct22

Wow. The headline is not consistent with what he said. The headline makes it seem like he called them all that. Which he did not....

paigetastic
paigetastic

 @mrselfdestruct22 ummmm.....so it's okay if you just compare one native american to an animal......you just can't compare them all......your logic on this is truly ridiculous

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