Radio Host Fired For Racist Remarks Hired At Brokerage After RE/MAX Rescinds
Days after RE / MAX canceled a job offer for a former radio host in Rochester, New York who was fired for making racist statements on the air, another local realtor offered her a job.
Back in June, Kimberly Ray was fired from the local 95.1 WAIO-FM show for repeatedly using the N-word in reference to the protests against Black Lives Matter in Rochester that followed the death of George Floyd on May 25 . IHeartMedia Rochester fired both Ray and co-host Barry Beck after an on-air discussion calling protesters a thug, and Ray asked if the protesters were acting “N-word-ish”.
“We will not tolerate this type of behavior that is contrary to our core values and beliefs and our commitment to our community and all parties involved,” said Robert J. Morgan, president of iHeartMedia, New York, at the time of the couple’s release. according to MSN.com.
Last week, Ray announced on Twitter that she had received her real estate license this summer and would be joining RE / MAX Realty Group in Pittsford as an agent. A press release from RE / MAX announcing that Ray would join the brokerage business as part of Senior Agent Debbie Campanella’s team was also sent to the team.
The next day, the RE / MAX Realty Group owner Thomas Schnorr revoked the offer. According to local newspaper Democrat & Chronicle, Schnorr emailed the 100+ agents who worked for the brokerage firm saying that he had “made a serious assessment error.” He said that Ray used her married name “Goodman” to brand herself an agent so that he was ignorant of Ray’s story.
“I feel extremely naive when I share that I was unaware of the racist and ill-informed comments made by this former public radio figure,” Schnorr wrote in the email. “As a gay man who has seen more than a few words of hate, I have no tolerance for prejudice of any kind. When I found out yesterday about my mistake in the offer to associate our company with this person, I revoked the offer on late yesterday afternoon. This person is not and will not remain associated with our organization. “
Still, the situation didn’t end there. After news of the revoked offer broke, another real estate company in Rochester offered Ray a job as a realtor.
On Sept. 7, Revere Realty, a six-agent realtor founded by Chad Hummel, announced that Ray had been “defamed by Pittsford ReMax and local news media” and would join their agent instead.
The Facebook post, in which Ray was also praised for not “turning to the demolition culture of the left Wackos”, was later deleted when he merely said that he would like to “welcome Kimberly Goodman to our team as a licensed saleswoman” .
While the comments on the broker’s Facebook post reflected almost entirely the broker congratulating Ray (indicating that opposing ones may have been deleted), numerous discussions on Reddit expressed disgust for Ray’s June comments and Revere Realty for seeing Ray as an apparent statement against anti-racism.
“They’re apparently Rochester’s racist broker,” wrote Reddit user ninety-two. “This guy too [referring to Hummel] seems to think Covid is a hoax. “
“This guy from Chad is now threatening to sue people who refer to him as a racist in this post on Facebook,” wrote Reddit user MizardOfOz.
Ray didn’t answer Inman’s calls and asked for comments on the situation. Calls to Hummel also went directly to voicemail and were not returned.
Four months after George Floyd’s death, Rochester witnessed a new wave of unrest after video footage was released showing the death of another black man, Daniel Prude, in police custody. Prude died on March 30, but the footage showing officers holding Prude to the ground before he stops breathing wasn’t released until September 2.
Following a local and national reckoning against racism and police brutality, Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary announced yesterday that after more than 20 years in the organization, he would be stepping down because he would not “remain idle for a while external beings try to destroy [his] Character.”
His announcement came the same day Prude’s sister filed a lawsuit against the City of Rochester and police officers over her brother’s death.
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