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South Dakota volunteer firefighter out over Facebook post encouraging slavery


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Katie Nelson, Argus Leader:

A Dell Rapids (SD) volunteer firefighter was dismissed from his organization after he allegedly posted racist comments on social media.

The department said John Nygaard was no longer with the organization after he was linked to comments on the page of Paige Shoemaker, a Kansas State University student who came under fire last week for wearing blackface and using racial epithets on Snapchat.

Nygaard allegedly commented, “Think we should make slaves again” and “[expletive] these people” on Shoemaker’s page.

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The comment was posted on the Facebook account of Paige Shoemaker, a Kansas State student who was expelled earlier this week after a Snapchat photo of her and a friend wearing black face masks went viral for the description she added to it using a racial epithet.

Several people screen-shotted Nygaards post and posted to the Dell Rapids Fire-Rescue Facebook page.

Carlos O. Gonzalez, KSFY-TV:

“You’re a public servant and your putting stuff like that on Facebook, that’s not good,” said resident of Dell Rapids, William Dezee.

Many people in Dell Rapids were shocked when they learned one of their firefighters posted racists comments on Facebook.

Several say it’s disturbing that the remarks were made by someone who is supposed to come to their rescue during an emergency.

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