After Hours Dentist Fired Over Twitter Comments About Black Lives Matter
The owner of a dentist in Virginia is facing backlash after he used the social media platform to mock Black Lives Matters protesters who took to the streets in cities across the U.S. in response to a deadly police shooting in Louisiana.
Dr. Michael Noyes of Bethesda, Virginia, is facing calls to resign after posting a series of racist and threatening tweets on Friday.
The tweets were posted in response.
Noyes is a licensed dentist in Bethesda.
In a series posted on Friday, he posted a photo of himself wearing a black mask, a hooded sweatshirt, a white robe and a face mask, and then added a caption reading “Bitch, take your mask off, you don’t belong here,” the Washington Post reported.
The following day, Noys posted a message reading “This is the future, I’m tired of fighting the good fight, and I’m done.
I’ll get my own mask.”
A woman who identified herself as Noyed posted a similar photo on Twitter that she said she shot from a cellphone.
She said the photo was taken outside of her house.
Noys did not immediately respond to multiple requests for comment.
On Friday, Noys’ social media page included the hashtags “#BLM,” “#PrayForLivin” and “#IStandWithLivins.”
The posts also included the hashtag “#StopBias,” a reference to a 2016 petition that called on the White House to address the “unjust, hateful, and unjustly biased portrayal of the African-American community on television and in the media.”
One of the posts included the message “this is a real fight for you and your family,” and Noying posted that he would be “happy to take you to the hospital if you can’t make it to work today.”
“Please come to work tomorrow,” he wrote.
Another post included a photo from an earlier post, in which Noyings posted a selfie of himself in front of a white supremacist logo and the words “Stop the #BlackLivesMatter,” which were removed by the Twitter account that shared it.
On Tuesday, Noya’s Twitter account retweeted a post by a person calling herself a member of the alt-right, a loosely organized group of white nationalists who are often seen on social media with Pepe the Frog faces.
The person then posted an image of Noyies face in a mask with the hashtag “#BLMK #BlackLoveMatter.”
The same day, another post included the words “#StopTheBlackLordsMatter” and “Stop The Black Lives Matter.”
A post shared by @NoyaMD tweeted, “You are not welcome here.
You do not belong here.
#BLM #StopTheMatter #BLLM #MensRightsMatter#BLM#WhiteSupremacy.”
A tweet shared by the same account read, “Stop this #BLMPen.
Noyers tweet and post also included several anti-Semitic and racist comments.
One of his posts read, “#StopBLM.”
Another included the phrase “BlackLifers are like a cancer,” and the post was deleted.
Noya’s other posts include comments that included: “If you hate Black people, you should probably not be in the United States.
The #BlackMattersMatter movement is a hate movement.
The person who posted the racist post, identified as “LOL” in multiple tweets, called the hashtag #BLMK “racist.”
“You are a racist,” the person wrote.
“You don’t represent the black community.”
The #BLMRayOut movement was launched in January 2017 by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Action Network, which are led by Noyers.
The group has received more than 3,300 calls to its hotline in response, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Nayes was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday.