A racist fire chief showed his true colors following the Pittsburgh Steelers’ decision to skip the singing of the national anthem. In a show of protest against Donald Trump’s rhetoric, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin decided to keep his team in the locker room during the national anthem.

After the silent protest, the chief of the volunteer fire department in Cecil Township, Pennsylvania, Paul Smith, took to social media to share his frustrations in a racist rant.

“Tomlin just added himself to the list of no-good n—rs,” Smith posted on his Facebook page. Smith continued to back up his statement by posting, “Yes, I said it.”

Smith’s racist words eventually went viral and met with swift pushback. According to the Post-Gazette, Cecil’s city manager received 550 calls and 450 emails following Smith’s post. It’s likely that city officials urged Smith to resign.

Smith decided to resign from his position and claimed that he had regrets over his statement. However, he also blamed the media. I regret what I said deeply and I am not the racist the media portrays me as. What I said was wrong and posted in anger,” Smith wrote in a statement. But Smith’s views are basically the true sentiments of most who oppose players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump’s attack on Colin Kaepernick and NFL players has divided the nation. But it has also allowed racists to reveal themselves. The discussion of protests and racial injustice will continue throughout the NFL season.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

  • Cici

    Bye racist……your a fire chief and he’s talking like that I would not want to be a black person working for him. I wouldn’t want him to investigate my house or business if it caught on fire and I was black. They should investigate how fair he was in arsenic investigations if he can’t control his emotions to were he writes and posts that online he is and was probably biased and tainted in other areas of his work.

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  • BigDaddy Butta

    Well looky here Donald Chump… We fired that Son Of A Bitch!!

    • Guest

      Not fired, allowed to resign.Which means he’ll keep all his benefits paid for by tax payers many of whom are n words he was referring to. This is a neat little trick these white supremacist play to placate blacks and pretend they’re doing something about all of these hateful people

  • Pamela

    What I DON”T understand is WHY do these people say things like this on Social Media and THINK nothing will happen to them….I just don’t get it……
    YES I believe in’FREEDOM of Speech…Do you know your job is on the line, when you use the “N” word and; he said yes I said it…Then turn around an Say I regret my statement….
    People like him no matter what your ‘Race is you should lose all of your Benefits

    • Guest

      No real consequences besides early retirement. Why not?