Houston Fire Department, Get Ready For "Diversity Day"!!

Mayor Bill White spoke out today on the series of racist incidents allegedly involving Houston Fire Department members, and he forcefully.....asked whomever was doing the stuff to come forward and confess.

"We ask forthe perpetrator of this heinous crime to come forward," he said at a press conference. "We will find out who is behind it and the individual better come forward soon."

Yeah, lots of luck with that, Mayor.

The Mayor also asked anyone with any information on the events to come forward, too. (The Chronicle has video of the conference here.)

He likened HFD's recent spate of embarrassments with those that might happen to any family.

"As in any family or large organization there will be conflict," he said. "And sometimes those conflicts are rooted in  shameful stereotypes and attitudes and behaviors which are unacceptable in this time and place."

White said he would be bringing in outside sources to help the department deal with the situation, but the way he described them, they sounded a bit too much like Diversity Day at Dunder Mifflin.

Mr. Brown: Now this is a simple acronym: H.E.R.O. At Diversity, we believe it's very easy to be a hero. All you need are: Honesty, Empathy, Respect, and Open-mindedness. Dwight Schrute: Excuse me, I'm sorry, but that's not all it takes to be a hero.
Mr. Brown: Okay well, what is a hero to you?
Dwight Schrute: A hero kills people, people that wish him harm. A hero is part human and part supernatural. A hero is born out of a childhood trauma, or out of a disaster, and must be avenged.
Mr. Brown: Uh, okay, you're thinking of a superhero.

Yeah, that ought to solve the (alleged) problem.

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