Med school cuts ties with doctor over racist remark

Associated Press

Denver — The University of Colorado is cutting ties with a Denver doctor who made a racist remark on Facebook about first lady Michelle Obama.

The university tells the Denver Post that it’s in the process of terminating Dr. Michelle Herren’s non-paid medical faculty appointment.

The Post reports Herren responded to a Facebook post praising the first lady with the comment, “Monkey face and poor ebonic English!!! There! I feel better and am still not racist!!! Just calling it like it is!”

The pediatric anesthesiologist also works at Denver Health Medical Center. Denver Health tells the newspaper that it’s “bumping up against a first amendment right” in taking action against Herren.

KMGH-TV reports Herren is no longer seeing patients at the hospital. Herren tells the station her remarks were taken “out of context” and she didn’t realize the term “monkey face” was offensive.