An aide to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has resigned under pressure after she labeled Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. a "racist" and dubbed President Obama "O-dumb-a" in a Facebook rant defending racial profiling.
"I get it -- white men have dominated for hundreds of years and there's a lot of anger there. But HOW MUCH MORE can the white people do to correct past injustices of their ancestors?" wrote Lee Landor, 24, who had worked as deputy press secretary for Stringer.
"If Mr. Big Shot Harvard would have kept his mouth shut, shown his ID and not started yelling at a police officer, he never would have been arrested. So please, its time to get over this 'It's because I'm black' bull- - - -" she added.
Landor resigned from the $45,758-a-year job Monday after being told "jump or be pushed," according to a source.
"Ms. Landor's comments were totally inappropriate and in direct contradiction to the views of the borough president," said a Stringer spokesman.
The Queens woman posted the politically and racially charged comments online Friday while at work.
By yesterday, she had removed her Facebook profile, but City Hall News, a political magazine that broke the story, posted images of the pages on its Web site.
"You know what, I am really getting SICK of hearing about how white people are evil racists," she wrote at 11:43 a.m. Friday.
At one point, she rants about the president: "O-dumb-a, the situation got out of hand because Gates is a racist, not because the officer was DOING HIS JOB!"
Cambridge, Mass., cops on July 16 arrested Gates for disorderly conduct in his home after responding to a 911 call about a possible break-in.
Sgt. James Crowley said Gates was being "uncooperative," but Obama said the Harvard academic, who is black, should not have been cuffed and police acted "stupidly."
Landor wrote, "Racial profiling does exist, but for good reason. Take a look at this country's jails: who makes up the majority of inmates? Exactly."
In a statement she released last night, Landor insisted, "I am not a racist." She defended her Facebook entries, saying, "It is understandable that a black man encountering police will be suspicious of racial profiling, based on the long history of racism in this country.
"Nevertheless, it appeared to me that Professor Gates acted toward Sgt. Crowley based on his own prejudice, stereotyping a white policeman to be a racist."
It's not the first time that Landor's online seething has landed in her hot water, said her old boss at the Queens Chronicle.
After she quit, she posted a picture of a notebook on Facebook scrawled with "F- - - you Queens Chronicle," said publisher Mark Weidler
ETA 2: I wanted to use O-dumb-a, but then I realized how failtastic it is. Anyway, when will these people realize that their internet activties are being monitored? We need to find a term to replace "reverse racism".