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Tennessee Government Employee’s Alleged Racist Message Calling NYC Mayoral Candidate a ‘Dumbass N***** B****’ Sparks Investigation

NYC mayoral candidate Dianne Morales

A worker of the Tennessee state government is under investigation for allegedly using racist and sexist slurs at a personal message sent to a New York City mayoral candidate, the Tennessean reported Monday evening.
The research stems from a personal Facebook message sent to Dianne Morales, a former New York City public school teacher currently running to substitute Bill de Blasio as the city’s first Afro-Latina mayor. Morales posted a screenshot of the message onto her Twitter account Monday morning. The message was supposedly sent on April 18 from Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development worker John McDaniel,
“I am always struck by people who feel the need to go out of the way to lob threats or insults. Though the violence is admittedly jarring, it is also a reminder or how far we have to go in the struggle for equity and justice. I am not going anywhere,” she wrote and a screenshot of the alleged message from McDaniel which read, in uncensored form,”Dumbass n***** bitch!”
https://twitter.com/Dianne4NYC/status/1389228950455521280?s=20
Screenshots of a since-deleted LinkedIn page that appeared to belong to McDaniel stated that he was a Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment Grants (RESEA) planner with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Pictures of the LinkedIn page were posted to Twitter by means of Democratic Tennessee House candidate Edward Nelson.
https://twitter.com/edwardnelson4tn/status/1389231880738906112?s=20
A division spokesperson on Monday affirmed to the Tennessean that McDaniel currently stays employed and”works with unemployed individuals to locate work” but said that he”doesn’t make decisions on unemployment claims.”
“Agency leadership is aware of recent allegations involving a worker and they’re investigating the issue,” department spokesperson Chris Cannon told the news outlet. “They will take further action based upon confirmed and/or corroborated facts discovered during the analysis.”
Law&Crime reached out to Cannon on Tuesday with additional queries about McDaniel. He said the following:
The State of Tennessee Code of Conduct says that”employees have a duty to the citizens of the State of Tennessee to behave with integrity and also to care for the individuals we serveour coworkers, and other parties with dignity and respect. Employees need to aim to keep a moral and professional environment that will enhance the name, service, and general impression of the Condition in the opinion of the general public. Employees are expected to use sound judgment in all of their behaviour”
Mr. McDaniel does not operate at the Agency’s Unemployment Security Division, nor does he make decisions on unemployment claims. Mr. McDaniel works with unemployment claimants to assist them locate pathways to employment through the federal Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment program.
A reporter for the Tennessean also reached McDaniel by phone Monday evening, and McDaniel appeared to indicate he could have been hacked.
When asked when he sent Morales that the Facebook message, McDaniel told that the newspaper,”I did not–I am not going to mention anything.”
When asked when his FB account was murdered, he added,”At this point, I don’t understand.”
[picture via YouTube screengrab]
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