A group is calling for the firing of a Pittsburgh Anchor after they said she made a racist post on Facebook.
WTAE Anchor Wendy Bell wrote about the deadly mass shooting on a back porch in the Pittsburgh suburb of Wilkinsburg.
After the backlash, Bell has made a edits to her original post, but some think the edits are too little, too late.
Here is her original post about her feeling on the shooting:
Next to "If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times," I remember my mom most often saying to my sister and me when we were young and constantly fighting, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." I've really had nothing nice to say these past 11 days and so this page has been quiet. There's no nice words to write when a coward holding an AK-47 hoses down a family and their friends sharing laughs and a mild evening on a back porch in Wilkinsburg. There's no kind words when 6 people are murdered. When their children have to hide for cover and then emerge from the frightened shadows to find their mother's face blown off or their father's twisted body leaking blood into the dirt from all the bullet holes. There's just been nothing nice to say. And I've been dragging around this feeling like a cold I can't shake that rattles in my chest each time I breathe and makes my temples throb. I don't want to hurt anymore. I'm tired of hurting.
You needn't be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday. I will tell you they live within 5 miles of Franklin Avenue and Ardmore Boulevard and have been hiding out since in a home likely much closer to that backyard patio than anyone thinks. They are young black men, likely teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They've grown up there. They know the police. They've been arrested. They've made the circuit and nothing has scared them enough. Now they are lost. Once you kill a neighbor's three children, two nieces and her unborn grandson, there's no coming back. There's nothing nice to say about that.
But there is HOPE. And Joe and I caught a glimpse of it Saturday night. A young, African American teen hustling like nobody's business at a restaurant we took the boys to over at the Southside Works. This child stacked heavy glass glasses 10 high and carried three teetering towers of them in one hand with plates piled high in the other. He wiped off the tables. Tended to the chairs. Got down on his hands and knees to pick up the scraps that had fallen to the floor. And he did all this with a rhythm and a step that gushed positivity. He moved like a dancer with a satisfied smile on his face. And I couldn't take my eyes off him. He's going to Make It.
When Joe paid the bill, I asked to see the manager. He came over to our table apprehensively and I told him that that young man was the best thing his restaurant had going. The manager beamed and agreed that his young employee was special. As the boys and we put on our coats and started walking out -- I saw the manager put his arm around that child's shoulder and pat him on the back in congratulation. It will be some time before I forget the smile that beamed across that young worker's face -- or the look in his eyes as we caught each other's gaze. I wonder how long it had been since someone told him he was special.
There's someone in your life today -- a stranger you're going to come across -- who could really use that. A hand up. A warm word. Encouragement. Direction. Kindness. A Chance. We can't change what's already happened, but we can be a part of what's on the way. Speak up. Reach out. Dare to Care. Give part of You to someone else. That, my friends, can change someone's course. And then -- just maybe THEN -- I'll start feeling again like there's something nice to say.
You can read how her post stands now, by going to this link on her Facebook page.
You can see that Bell changed this:
Bell no longer states that the killers are young black men, with multiple fathers and siblings.
She also changes the part about the young African American kid with "rhythm."
She changed "A young, African American teen hustling like nobody's business...." to, "A young teen hustling like nobody's business...."
When she was called out for a racist post, Bell responded:
But other posters decided to call a spade a spade. A few comments on reddit show what they think of Bell's Facebook post:
Now, another Facebook page has popped up asking the station to hold Bell accountable for the post and her beliefs. The page "Demand WTAE Hold Wendy Bell Accountable" wants the Hearst station to take some action against Bell. So far, the station has made no comment about their Anchor's social media rant. " The station remains silent. We will not," says the Facebook page directed at Bell.
Word is that the Pittsburgh Post Gazette is working on this story right now. For now, Bell remains and work at WTAE remains silent on the matter.
Stay tuned.....will see if this changes.