An Indiana nurse is being investigated by her employer after a tweet she sent out about race went viral over Thanksgiving weekend. Taiyesha Baker aka @tai_fieri wrote on her now-deleted page, “Every white woman raises a detriment to society when they raise a son. Someone with the HIGHEST propensity to be a terrorist, rapist, racist, killer, and domestic violence all star. Historically every son you had should be sacrificed to the wolves.” The tweet has caused a public relations nightmare for Indiana University Health who have said they are investigating the matter.
Here’s what you need to know:
In a statement, Indiana University Health confirmed that contrary to online rumors, Baker does not work at Riley Children’s Hospital. While the tweet is under investigation, Baker is forbidden from dealing with patients. Here is the full statement, via ABC Indianapolis:
IU Health is aware of several troubling posts on social media which appear to be from a recently hired IU Health employee. Our HR department continues to investigate the situation and the authenticity of the posts. During the investigation, that employee (who does not work at Riley Hospital for Children) will have no access to patient care.
A spokesperson named Jason Fechner told the Indianapolis Star that human resources is investigating and confirmed that Baker was an employee of IU when the message was sent. Fechner did not say exactly where Baker worked. Online records show that Backer only got her nurse’s license on October 30. Baker is a graduate of Purdue University.
2. Baker’s Twitter Account Has Been Reactivated by Someone Else
Baker’s original Twitter account has been recreated by another user who has replaced the profile photo with the Pepe the Frog. The cartoon is commonly used by racists and Donald Trump supporters. The person wrote in one message, “I am an awful racist with terrible opinions and I will never go anywhere in life if I keep this up. Who needs a job anyway when you can have worldwide hatred.”