A Texas Child Protective Services Investigator Was Fired for Tweeting About "Nigartards"

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The Internet tells us that Rita McShannon wears many hats. She's a small business owner, a real estate agent, an Oath Keeper, and a special investigator with Texas Child Protective Services. She's also, we learned yesterday, an unapologetic racist.

Credit the Texas Observer's Forrest Wilder for catching that last one. He reported on Wednesday that McShannon, using the handle @TexasPeanut, went on something of a Twitter rant during the recent murder trial of George Zimmerman. She's since deleted her Twitter account, so no screengrabs, but Wilder preserved the text of a handful of tweets.

Of course the gov will pursue civil rights charges to appease the nigartards. -- Texas Peanut (@TexasPeanut) July 15, 2013

Every white American needs to own a gun and teach your family gun safety and how to shoot...your family is a target now...it will get worse -- Texas Peanut (@TexasPeanut) July 15, 2013

Trayvon Martin, thug in training, came up against an American gun owner, jumped the wrong person that night, he would have died young anyway -- Texas Peanut (@TexasPeanut) July 15, 2013

I'm really f#cking tired of being politically correct for nothing after all these years! Texas Peanut (@TexasPeanut) July 15, 2013

That the woman managed to squeeze two of the most offensive epithets in modern English into an even more offensive portmanteau is rather industrious, but her bosses at CPS were unimpressed. They were contacted by Wilder about the Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon. By Wednesday morning, she was fired, two days after posting @TexasPeanut's final tweet:

"I'm not racist..I'll kill any color of person who tries to kill me first!"



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friscocorruptcops
friscocorruptcops

We saved screenshots of her tweets...Texas CPS has some major issues.

lckneggs
lckneggs

so what is her name, Rita McShannon or DeShannon?  you have one thing on her picture and one on the article.

lckneggs
lckneggs

so what is her name, Rita McShannon or DeShannon?  you have one thing on her picture and one on the article.

sam.harris.1992
sam.harris.1992

This is what ppl on the right don't seem to get.  She can be AGAINST Trayvon and FOR Zimmerman without being a digusting human being.


Can we agree on that?

Joni Espinoza
Joni Espinoza

Remember the millions who died so she has the right to say what she wants... and let's never forget those souls by giving an ignorant "name calling" event even a minute's thought....

mcdallas
mcdallas

@bvckvs Wow, so Evangelicals are "psychos"?  Thanks for reserving judgement.

method_man1449
method_man1449

@mcdallas @bvckvs yes well when encountering a specific group of people, especially ones who malign so quickly those not expressing similar beliefs and ways of life. it's kind of hard not to reserve such "judgements" however inappropriate or far reaching they may be. 

yllekl777
yllekl777

Yes, you can have your own thoughts, there is no argument about that, BUT when you are in a position like she was, there is NO ROOM for racism.  End of discussion!

Obummer
Obummer

Yo Abraham Lincoln said, "we's da peeps iz da rightful masters o' bof Congress an' da courts, notz ta overthrowz da Constitution butz ta overthrowz da peeps whoz pervertz da Constitution.”

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

If this is what CPS fired her over, it looks like they just lost another lawsuit.

John1073
John1073

"At will" employment in Texas. Good luck on the law suit.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

She got off easy.  They need to investigate each of her cases to see if she allowed abuse of minority children to go on.  If so, they should pack her off to jail.

corkyvonluxembourg
corkyvonluxembourg

Not seeing anything wrong here. Political correctness is the new McCarthyism. She's only saying what rational people are thinking.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@corkyvonluxembourg Even rational people, some of whom may be bigoted, would refrain from using words that deeply hurt people.  The word she used has a double-whammy slap.  It's hateful and disgusting.

djbigeasy
djbigeasy

Take off your ignorant blinders...Race still does matter and it is unfortunate that some people just don't get it...There is always a double standard...wow! If you don't believe race matters look at how criminals are treated based on color of skin....

A couple in Texas just got 5 years probation after killing three puppies with their bare hands but Mike Vick went to prison and he didn't even see the dogs.... God Bless America!


bifftannen
bifftannen

The "Oath Keeper" bit explains it all.

Susan Durham
Susan Durham

Not surprised. She's just saying out loud what so many of these butt-ignorant people think. These are the ones who decides who gets to keep their kids in TX! Beware! They're like cockroaches once you let them in your house!

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Susan Durham Irony?  Or are you really so dense you don't see the hypocrisy in your own terminology?

logic4dallas
logic4dallas

Just curious, does Mr. Wilder also offer his racist bounty hunter services to black employees as well or is he of the belief that only white people can be racist? Wait if he believes that, wouldn't that make him racist. Tell him to immediately report himself and wait patiently to be fired so he can write a story about it.

When will people learn that words only have the power we choose to give them. Let racists rant and spew...who cares? They only make themselves look ignorant. At the end of the day, does anything she said really matter?

pak152
pak152

@logic4dallas liberal/progressives can't be racist or bigoted. they never use ad hominem attacks and treat their political opponents with the greatest respect

Melanie Rummel Carroll
Melanie Rummel Carroll

uuggghhh - now every case she worked can have issues. what a disgusting human being

James Raymond
James Raymond

“Nigartardcs. it will get worse. thug in training, f#cking tired” / the truth

Karl Haas
Karl Haas

The color of peoples skin is not the problem in this world. It's stupidity! Stupidity not knowing what's wrong and what's right, hurting and stealing from people to opening your stupid mouth and saying stupid things. In any instance you will pay for being stupid... It's time to pay up!

Wynn
Wynn

I love this "preserve the text of a handful of tweets". I'm going to start preserving the text  of a handful of non-existent tweets from some people I don't like right now. What are they going to do, claim they didn't tweet them when they had the Twitter account they don't have?

James080
James080 topcommenter

@Wynn  

Just claim your Twitter account has been hacked. In other words, pull a Weiner.

Hahahaha....

Wynn
Wynn

@James080 @Wynn James, how did someone as slow as you get to be a Top Commenter (wait, I just answered my own question)?

Unlike with Weiner, in this case the only evidence is the "preservings" of the arcadian "Forrest Wilder". I'd estimate the return on investing in a defamation suit against the TO on McShannon's behalf to be on the order of 20-30%, more if VVM could be named as well. This is the sort of opportunity you sell shares in, quietly of course.

Doesn't really matter if she did it or not, just that there are more parties to her firing even more stupid than she might have been.

James080
James080 topcommenter

@Wynn @James080  

There are plenty of people smarter than I am, you're just not one of them. Truth is the perfect defense to a defamation suit.

If you think investing in a speculative defamation suit against the media on McShannon's behalf is a reasonable investment, I'll take the short side of your bet every day. 

Sean Sutherlin
Sean Sutherlin

I'd love to repost this story, but I can't as long as that ridiculously awful word is in the headline. I don't need the association.

Tim Cook
Tim Cook

Phone: 903-522-0969 Mobile: 903-522-0969 Office: 972-938-2222

Wynn
Wynn

@Tim Cook  

Thanks, Tim Cook from Facebook with identifying photo. Why don't we start preserving the text of a handful of your tweets?

TexMarine
TexMarine

@Wynn He's in New Hampshire; this must all be so quaint and anecdotal for him.

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