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 scoiety 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:
1. Contrary to Online Rumors; Baker Does Not Work at a Children’s Hospital
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.
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.
3. Baker Said in 2015 that Going to the Cliffs of Moher Was Her Favorite Memory
Baker gave an interview on her world traveling to Parlour Magazine in 2015. When asked about her best travel memory, Baker said:
Going to the very edge of the Cliffs of Moher. I’ve never been more in awe, or humbled by a natural creation. I felt so small yet insanely powerful. It was a sweet contradiction. My problems, my worries they became conquerable and my existence was importance. It’s an amazing, eerie, quiet place that everyone should see.
4. Baker Protested the Appearance of Charles Murray at Indiana University in April 2017
5. Baker’s Tweet Has Raised the Ire of Donald Trump Supporters on Twitter