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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ferguson Court Clerk Fired for Racist Emails Says Losing Her Job Was Like "Being Raped"

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Mary Ann Twitty thinks racist jokes are all right, as long as they're funny. - KMOV
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  • Mary Ann Twitty thinks racist jokes are all right, as long as they're funny.

"It took me a while to get over the feeling of being raped and being thrown under that bus."

That was how Mary Ann Twitty, the former Ferguson court clerk, described getting fired from her job after the U.S. Department of Justice released emails containing a bunch of racist jokes that she'd forwarded to two police officers.

It was one of several off-putting responses in a raging garbage fire of an interview with KMOV (Channel 4) yesterday, during which Twitty also rejected the conclusions of the DOJ report that accused of her of setting high fines and encouraging officers to write more tickets.

See also: Ferguson Mayor Says Police Department Employee Fired Over Racist Email

Along with two Ferguson police officers, Twitty was one of three city employees to lose their jobs last month in the wake of a damning DOJ report that described numerous cases of police abuses and how Ferguson's municipal court system worked to prey on the city's poor and minority residents.

"I set no fines," Twitty told KMOV. "I just abided by them."

Twitty also attempted to explain why she sent several racist emails, which were released in full by the DOJ last week. Some of the emails contained racist memes that compared black people to monkeys, while others were chain-email-style jokes that played on stereotypes that black people are lazy, stupid and unemployed.

When asked if she thinks the emailed jokes were funny, Twitty replied:

"Funny, as in humor-wise? Humor-wise, yes. Not because it was racist or biased, no, just funny joke-wise," she said. "I feel bad because that's not, I don't want people to look at me and say, 'She sent those racist jokes out because she's racist or biased.' I am not."

Here's the full twelve-minute interview:

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