Philadelphia hospital fires employee over 'white lives matter' social media rant

Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University Hospital fired an employee after a racist social media post from the woman's Facebook account went viral, according to WCAU news reports.

Diane Amoratis took to Facebook to address her frustration about the Black Lives Matter movement and the black community in Philadelphia. She supported the police in her now-deleted post, which contained derogatory language about protestors and the black community. Ms. Amoratis included in her remarks the statement that white lives matter and that she is "sick and tired of all this bull---- with the black people."

As the post went viral, shocked and outraged members of the community identified Ms. Amoratis as a nurse at Jefferson Hospital. A spokeswoman for the hospital later denied the rumor, saying Ms. Amoratis was not a nurse.

Jefferson Hospital officials acknowledged Ms. Amoratis's social media posts and responded to angry community members in two separate messages on Facebook.

"An employee’s decision to post inflammatory comments on social media is an unfortunate choice and one that is not tolerated at Jefferson," Jefferson Hospital President and CEO Stephen Klasko, MD, and Chief Human Resources Officer Jeffrey Stevens said in a joint statement.

Mr. Stevens also added his own thoughts, urging all members of the community "to be mindful of our conduct and avoid egregious, hateful language and behaviors that reflect on Jefferson as uncaring. Nothing could be further from the truth."

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