Executive Fired After Slapping Toddler and Using Racial Slur on Plane
By now you've probably heard the outrageous story of the man who slapped a baby on a plane.
Jessica Bennett was traveling with her 19-month-old son on a flight from Minnesota to Atlanta and as the plane began its descent, her son became fussy. Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, who reeked of alcohol, was sitting next to them. He said, "Shut that (N-word) baby up!" and slapped the baby across the face. Other passengers have corroborated her story, including a Federal Air Marshal.
Can you imagine? You're comforting your child when suddenly a drunk lunatic calls him a racial slur and strikes him? The first thing that went through my head is I would kill him. But how? I'm sure Ms. Bennett had the same thought, but she had a baby in her arms. What could she do?
Hundley isn't some backwoods hillbilly. He was president of AGC Aerospace and Defense Composites Group. The company released a statement Sunday that didn't refer to Hundley by name but called reports of an executive's behavior "offensive and disturbing" and said he "is no longer employed by the company." They wouldn't say whether he resigned or was fired. Why? Why not state, loud and proud, that we will not tolerate behavior like this and we fired his racist @$$? Kudos to them for firing him, though.
Hundley's lawyer, Marcia Shein, has said that he was distraught because he was visiting a sick relative. I have been extremely distraught several times in my life. It never made me slap strangers' babies.
Shein also said that even if Hundley did call Ms. Bennett's son the N-word, "that doesn't make him a racist." Really? If I called her an offensive name because she was Jewish, would she feel the same way? Is this going to be one of those, "Black people call each other the N-word so why can't I?" arguments? Let's not pretend that a white executive from Idaho was using it as a term of endearment. And while we're on the subject, let's get something clear once and for all. It is never, EVER OK for a white person to use that word. Ever. Shame on Ms. Shein for taking this case, and shame on her for that statement.
When it comes to names, there's a pattern. Psychopaths always have three names. John Wayne Gacey, Mark David Chapman, Lee Harvey Oswald. And now Joe Rickey Hundley. If you're pregnant, please seriously consider NOT giving your child three names. Stick with two. Or better yet, name them one. Prince, Cher, Beyonce. You've never heard of any of these people slapping babies on planes.