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Conservative Omaha radio host faces backlash for tweet criticized as racist

A conservative radio host in Omaha, Neb., is facing backlash after he posted a tweet that many considered to be racist.

Chris Baker posted a tweet on Tuesday about the verdict in Derek Chauvin’s murder of George Floyd, stating “guilty!” along with a gif of Black men wearing loincloths and body paint and dancing, according to Omaha World-Herald.

Chauvin was found guilty on all charges in the murder of George Floyd, whose death last summer sparked protests nationwide.

The tweet was widely criticized on Tuesday evening and many people called for Baker to be fired from his role at the station and for advertisers to boycott him. Baker’s tweet has since been deleted and his Twitter account is currently disabled, Omaha World-Herald reported.

On Wednesday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is a Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, slammed Baker’s actions and called for his resignation from the radio station.

“We encourage Mr. Baker to apologize for this racist tweet, resign and meet with Black community leaders to grow as a human being,” National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said, according to the news outlet. “No one is born a racist. Racism is learned, and racism can be unlearned through accountability, education, healing and faith.”

 

Nebraska state Sen. John McCollister (R), responded to Baker’s tweet in a tweet of his own writing, “Racism like this is a FEATURE of conservative talk radio but they usually mask it with dog whistles. But not this time.”

HeartRadio Nebraska president C. Taylor Walet III on Wednesday confirmed to Omaha World-Herald that Baker was fired from his role on Wednesday afternoon. Baker did not appear on his show that evening, the outlet noted.
 
Walet III reportedly condemned Baker’s tweet as inappropriate on Tuesday, saying “this does not represent [iHeart’s] viewpoint or our values.”
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