Dr. Michelle Herren, a pediatric anesthesiologist who works at Denver Health Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, has come under fire for a racist Facebook post about Michelle Obama.
The post depicts a yelling Michelle Obama with the comment, “doesn’t seem to be speaking too eloquently here, thank god we can’t hear her! Harvard??? That’s a place for “entitled” folks said all the liberals!” It continues, “Monkey face and poor ebonic English!!! There! I feel better and am still not racist!!! Just calling it like it is!”
Michelle is also an assistant professor at CU’s School of Medicine.
The offensive comment has been removed and and Michelle has taken down her Facebook page — all after the post was brought to the attention of the CU Board of Regents by a woman named Joann Nieto.
“It stayed on there for four days until I had said something to the CU Board of Regents, and I sent an email to them. If I never would have mentioned anything to them, how much longer would that comment have been out there in the public world?” Nieto said.
Dr. Herren told Denver 7’s Molly Hendrickson over the phone that her comment was taken “out of context” and insists she didn’t realize the term “monkey face” is offensive.
Denver Health released the following statement Tuesday night, saying that they’re allowing Dr. Herren to keep her job:
Denver Health’s mission is to provide high quality health care to all, regardless of income levels, ethnicity, gender or social background. Our staff and our patient population are reflective of the diverse Denver Community we serve. We don’t condone nor do we agree with the statements Dr. Herren made, as they are inconsistent with Denver Health’s mission and values. However, we cannot control the opinions our staff choose to express as private individuals.
Denver Health said Dr. Herren has been employed there since October of 2007 and currently makes $363,600 a year.