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Jennie Stuart apologizes for skit after photo surfaces

Hospital to require diversity training

Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013 8:36 pm | Updated: 10:07 pm, Mon Oct 28, 2013.

A picture of a Jennie Stuart Medical Center employee wearing a President Barack Obama mask and a straitjacket was taken Friday at the hospital’s annual costume party.

The man wearing the mask is accompanied by two African-Americans dressed as security guards. The three hospital workers in the photo are identified as David Jones, DeWayne Oliver and Mike Hobson, and the group won third place in Jennie Stuart’s costume contest for their skit titled, “VIP Special Delivery.”

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  • 7900 posted at 3:24 pm on Fri, Nov 1, 2013.

    7900 Posts: 3

    Maybe people should worry less about what was wore on Halloween and focus more on better treatment for the patients at the hospital. .

  • ransom posted at 12:13 pm on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    ransom Posts: 32

    People let their boss and co-workers do and say things all of they time that offend them all out of fear of losing their job. It could be racial, sexual religious etc. These guys are still scared to speak up, there are others some the size of NFL linebackers afraid to speak up about this incident. The root cause is they did not have proper training on their rights and felt like they would be all out there by theirself. Jennie Stuart has learned from this experience and is beefing up its weakness. Let hope some other business learn from it as well and take measures to prevent similar things from taking place.

  • GODWIN1 posted at 10:57 am on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    GODWIN1 Posts: 71

    Well second if anyone lets the boss make them do something they don't want to do then they don'y need a job. If the two guys did not want to be in the skit, i.e., picture they should have been man enough to stick to their values and say no. No boss can make me be apart of something that is racist period. They did not have to do it if they were offended. Your talking about adults and David Jones has a boss.

    I don't know none of them and if he has being spewing Obama hate only if it was racist someone should have said something by now. I will say yes, some whites hate Obama, but not all whites hate Obama. Plenty of whites voted for Obama twice. I have met racist white people in my 25 years in the Army and I have also met some of the nicest white people you ever meet. But when I see or be subjected to racism in the work place I speak up, just like people at JSM should do.

    When you allow David Jones to act like this and you say nothing you are condoning his behavior. So don't be so surprise, you knew this was him.

  • ransom posted at 10:16 am on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    ransom Posts: 32

    1st if you actually need explaining as to why it violated policy you will never understand.
    2nd no one wants to make it personal but since so many have here is the skinny; I work there. David Jones and many others at Jennie Stuart have been up and down the hallways of Jennie Stuart spewing Obama hate since he was first elected. A publically funded workplace is not the venue for such behavior toward any President. David has walked a thin line with this type of stuff for years regarding Obama. Look at the guys in the photo do they look happy, like they are part of a joke? No! I know them and spoke to them about it. They felt pressured to do it because he is their boss, they were and are humiliated and those closest to them know it. They are afraid to say it in public out of fear for their jobs! That is the environment they work in. David may be a great guy but he let his hate and malice over rule good judgment. Regardless if Jennies Stuart enforces its policy, David is paying a price. I am sure he regrets it and will think twice before acting and next time and save such malice for the private setting of his home. We will leave it to the hospital admin and attorneys to determine the policy. In the meantime, his workers feel the pressure to lie and tell everyone they were fine with it. If he was the great guy that he says he is and did nothing wrong. He should tell them go ahead with the complaint do not be afraid I understand.

  • 13078 posted at 8:15 am on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    13078 Posts: 15

    What about that costume violated policy? "GB-3 Speech or behavior tending to cause or aggravate tension or animosity among persons of different racial, ethnic, religious group, overt discriminatory behavior." Nothing about it is discriminatory.

  • ransom posted at 9:30 pm on Tue, Oct 29, 2013.

    ransom Posts: 32

    Sometimes the nicest people do the most stupid things with no harm intended but harm takes place regardless. Intentional or unintentional a hospital policy was broke as follows;
    "GB-3 Speech or behavior tending to cause or aggravate tension or animosity among persons of different racial, ethnic, religious group, overt discriminatory behavior."
    Corrective Action: Suspension or termination
    Proper training in these areas could have kept this mishap from taking place. It is obvious that there is a need for training starting with H.R. because an employee from H.R. was a judge. You cannot just fault the people in the photo you have to include any supervisors or judges that should have known better. If no one knew better than someone is responsible for not properly training staff. If the policy is not enforced then it is not worth the paper it is written on.

  • Mavdog posted at 8:28 pm on Tue, Oct 29, 2013.

    Mavdog Posts: 2

    I'm Hispanic and don't take offense to any costumes political,or anything else.

    If JSMC takes action against an exeplatory employee as David, maybe they need to be retrained in sensitivity beside diversity and oh by the way this is the year 2013, Not the 60's

    As another person posted here anyone who may have gotten offended needs to look at themselves.

    Goodwin1 thanks for also posting in his favor.

    I can't even say GOD without offending someone? Really? How about me being offended for NOT being able to say GOD in school. People really this bull needs to STOP !!!!

  • GODWIN1 posted at 7:27 pm on Tue, Oct 29, 2013.

    GODWIN1 Posts: 71

    Will someone please explain to me in english what's wrong with the costume? What does it have to do with the health care law. First,, it's not Obama's health care law. It's the America's people health care law. The costume is in no way disrespectful to the president. If so please explain. KNOW ONE has yet to explain how is it about race. First as a 48 year old black 25 year Army veteran, I know race issue when I see them.

    When you first look at the picture and all you see is race than of course you will make it about race. Why can't it be Obama'a body guards and that's the joke. There has to be a reason why know one can explain how is it racist. Stop calling race card when it's not.

  • 13078 posted at 6:13 pm on Tue, Oct 29, 2013.

    13078 Posts: 15

    David Jones is no more a racist than any other average citizen in the US. He obviously as hospital employee found a humorous way to express his thoughts on Obama's healthcare policies being crazy. I agree with Godwin1 that the small number of people that want to make everything about race need to give it a break. Lets look at some real racism issues such as college scholarships that are only open to people of color.

  • GODWIN1 posted at 2:50 pm on Tue, Oct 29, 2013.

    GODWIN1 Posts: 71

    I'm black what's wrong with the costume. Those who were offended need to lighten up and get a life. Everything is not all about race, it's some of us who look for race in every little thing that's done. Go back to work and worry about real life problems.

  • eddiep posted at 12:48 pm on Tue, Oct 29, 2013.

    eddiep Posts: 8

    President Obama is just like any other President. The jokes and skits have and will be done on all of them. Just because he is black doesn't mean anything was wrong at JSMC. The pressure that ALL of our Presidents are under is tough. It would make you think that any current sitting President would be ready for a straight jacket. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush both looked like they had aged fifteen years while serving their eight year terms. A person must have thick skin to be President.

  • 3204 posted at 10:20 am on Tue, Oct 29, 2013.

    3204 Posts: 34

    They still are making fun of Bush and Chaney and no one will say anything about those statements?

  • 14444 posted at 9:49 am on Tue, Oct 29, 2013.

    14444 Posts: 6

    Get over it!


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