Ken Berwitz

This latest installment – an especially sickening one – comes to us from Mars, Pennsylvania, where a small group of anti-fracking protesters were at the Rex Energy company.

During their protest, an employee of MMC Land Management, which does business with Rex Energy, came out to let the participants know what he thought of them….and very especially of the Black cameraman who was recording the protest.  You can see/hear the entire 3:18 video by clicking here.  

Warning:  assuming you have at least 1/100th of an ounce of decency, prepare to be sickened to your core. 

Among the comments made by the man – identified as john pisone – are:

(Speaking to the protesters) “Have you had any kind of a job?”
(Pointing to the cameaman) “Or, like this chimp here…a fuckin\’ nigger with a mop on his head”

(When protesters object to his racial slurs) “I don\’t give a fuck, he\’s milking my tax dollars…I don\’t give a fuck what you have to say, lazy fucker.”

(Looking at the cameraman) “oo oo oo oo oo (making a chimpanzee sound)”

“Goddamn lazy fucking hippies, that\’s what you are”

(Again at the cameraman) “Fuckin\’ lazy monkeys.  You may be about the tenth one I\’ve seen in my life, too.  You all look the same to me”.

The one good thing I can say about this sorry spectacle is that MMC Land Management quickly put out the following statement:

Today, we were disgusted tolearn that one of MMC\’s former employees used racial slurs and made raciallycharged comments during a peaceful protest in Mars, Pennsylvania, outside ofwork hours at a location with which we have no affiliation. We are sorry thatthis incident occurred. Whether at work or not, we do not condone hate speech – EVER. Inclusion and diversity are among MMC\’s core values. We believe inequality for everyone, regardless of race, age, gender identity, ethnicity,religion or sexual orientation. MMC has terminated this employee and will neverdo business with him again in the future.

Is this sincere disgust on the part of MMC Land Management, or just a desperate effort to save its business reputation?  That we will never know for sure.  But at least the company did it.

As for john pisone?  Now he has plenty of time on his hands.  Maybe he\’d like to join the protest.  

Real Racism.  It comes in all forms from all sources.  No group is immune to it or from it.  Certainly not a hardcore racist with a stupid, ignorant, obscene mind, and a mouth to match.

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