A white Atlanta man was fired last week after the photo of a coworker's black child he posted to social media drew a bevy of racist comments from Facebook friends, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Gerod Roth, who goes by Geris Hilton on Facebook, posted the selfie of himself and Cayden, the 3-year-old son of coworker Sydney Shelton, on Sept. 16. The following are just a few of the racist comments made on the post soon after: "I didn't know you were a slave owner," "But Massuh, I dindu nuffin," and "Sambo????" Roth also reportedly responded to comments by saying Cayden was a feral child who was abandoned in the Atlanta projects.
Shelton, a 25-year-old single mother, didn't find out about the post until support started pouring in from social media, the Journal-Constitution reports. The president of Polaris Marketing Group announced Roth's firing Sept. 29, and Shelton says she's relieved he's gone. "If you didn’t mean it or you didn’t believe it, why didn’t you say something about it to the people posting?" Roth tells Fox 5 Atlanta nothing he posted was intended to be racist, and he's tried apologizing to Shelton via email. "Cayden has been victimized, but I have been targeted,” Roth says. The Journal-Constitution reports Roth has also been fired from a second job, and a number of his Facebook friends have also reportedly lost their jobs. (Read more social media stories.)