Hialeah Firefighter Under Investigation for Making Insensitive Jokes About Hialeah on Facebook
Johnson isn't just any firefighter. He's the vice president of the Hialeah Association of Firefighters. He doesn't see what the big deal is, and is not apologizing for it even as he is now under investigation by his department. In fact, Johnson, an outspoken critic of the city's government, seem to infer that the investigation is nothing more than petty political payback.
WSVN reports that postings Johnson made on Facebook stirred controversy. In one posting pointed out, Johnson posted this picture with the caption, "only in Hialeah. LOL"
Amazingly, Johnson's Facebook wall is still accessible to the public.
Though, the vast majority of Johnson's posts are critical of Hialeah's government.
"Absolutely not," he responded after WSVN asked him if he's a racist. "I'm married to a Cuban. My best friend is an African-American. Anything else?" [Note to WSVN: asking someone flat out if they're a racist is not exactly the best tactic. No one is going to reply, "Yes."]
Johnson says he's also not trafficking in Latino stereotypes.
"These aren't stereotypes, this is reality. If anyone is stereotyped, it's me in Hialeah," he said. "I'm a gringo in the middle of Hialeah!"
Uh, huh... It's hard to make a case that the guy is a flat out racist, but it's also apparent that the guy isn't particularly sensitive to the issue.
Though, Johnson is also under fire for posting pictures of young children holding alcohol.
Johnson seems to thinks that the investigation is political payback for his criticism on Hialeah government. He posted this video from September in which he takes on the city's commission at a meeting.
"YOU Want the truth of WHY I AM A TARGET!!!!!! JUST WATCH THIS VIDEO.. It is because i have the guts to stand up for truth and justice...," he wrote.
And if there is one great stereotype about Hialeah's politicians, it is that they do love petty political payback.