Harold and Edzo, Missing in Action
The disaster in Miami has become a worldwide news story; google “firefighter/noose” and see what you get.
Or just go to CNN, AP or any other news outlet and there it is.
Speaking of disasters, both Harold and Edzo love a good tragedy, especially if it offers an opportunity for press or social media exposure.
Wildfires, shootings, it’s all fair game to show the brotherhood and sisterhood of it all.
Edzo still flogs his presence at the 9/11 pile long after the most brazen politicians decided to just let it be.
But Miami is a disaster where neither Schaitberger nor Kelly has been seen or heard.
Professional firefighters are on full display as some combination of racist, hateful and sex-obsessed morons.
As the theoretical leaders of the nation’s professionals, it is incumbent upon them to decry what happened in Miami both for our reputation and for our members.
But, at the IAFF it’s radio silence.
No press release, no public statement, not even a blog post.
How about some IAFF/TV?
You can, however, choose your favorite pink tee shirt or shop for Christmas on our webpage.
You can also register for the IAFF Human Relations Conference, a wee bit of irony in the present circumstance.
It is reported that one nearby IAFF local official had this to say:
“If he felt he was a victim of racism, wouldn’t he probably say something? He didn’t just meet these guys probably has work with several for years, you think he would of put up with that? I don’t. Let’s not try to make this into something that it’s probably not.”
Here the writer, obviously an IAFF member, tries to hijack the narrative by infusing his own odd notions with a good deal of spin, downplaying all the while.
Not only does it not work, it proves the point that if IAFF leaders are having their say, our leadership, a.k.a. Harold and Edzo, need to be heard loudly and clearly.
To be silent in this situation is to be a coward, period.
Thankfully, not all leaders are cowards.
Remember Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, Commander of the U.S. Air Force Academy?
He was faced with a situation when members of his command engaged in similar offensive conduct.
What did he do?
He called everyone together, invited them to video his comments and then made a bold and courageous stand for respect and decency.
Alas, Schaitberger and Kelly will never be a Silveria but we could hope that between the two of them they might be able to step up and both defend our union in the court of public opinion and make a stand for respect and dignity within the IAFF.
But sadly, we needn’t wait on that.