The vice president of a software company was terminated after a he posted a racist meme showing former president Barack Obama with a noose around his neck.
Screenshots shared on social media this weekend allege that the image was posted by Gary Casper, identified as vice president for information technology at Chattanooga-based Transcard.
The picture of Obama includes the caption “#PayPerView.” Casper’s Facebook profile listed his position as vice president of IT at the software company, as well as previous IT roles at US Xpress, according to the screen grabs.
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Threatening to harm or kill a former president is considered a felony with a penalty of up to five years in prison.
On Sunday afternoon, Transcard president Chris Fuller sent a statement the Times Free Press saying the company does not allow its employees to make political statements on social media.
“As soon as Transcard realized that an employee was utilizing social media to engage in political speech, it took immediate action to terminate its relationship with such person,” Fuller wrote in the email.
Earlier on Sunday, Transcard posted to Facebook that “views reflected in posts made by individuals do not reflect the views or values of Transcard.”
Transcard is a third-party payment account software company that has between 90 and 100 employees, and had around 1,800 clients, according to Times Free Press reporting at the time.