A California college security guard in Orange County was placed on leave this week after a report by CBS 2 in Los Angeles revealed racist and anti-Semitic images he posted on the Internet.
Carlos Vazquez, 31, is a parking officer for the University of California, Irvine, and a public safety officer at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. UC Irvine has not taken disciplinary measures against Vaquez, but Golden West College has put him on leave.
Two of the images from Vazquez’s Instagram uncovered by CBS2 investigative reporter David Goldstein showed pictures of his children Photoshopped with Adolf Hitler.
“Proud father moment when my daughter met the great fuhrer,” read one caption.
“I love how attentive my kids are when it comes to real WW2 history,” said another.
The caption for another picture of a black family read: “Mammy, when is daddy coming home from prison? I miss seeing him beat you and I miss how he made us hungry.”
“Waking up in juvenile jail,” he captioned the image of a statue of a young African American boy. “It’s in their blood.”
Another picture showed a Swastika taped on a baby’s diaper.
There was a picture of a hamburger with a Swastika drawn on it using mustard that said: “I will have the Nazi burger easy on the Jew sauce.”
Melissa Carr of the Orange County Anti-Defamation League told CBS 2 that her biggest concern is the photoshopped pictures of his children.
“To me, the pictures of his children, presumably, being exposed to this hate is troubling. That brings up the issue of hate being learned,” Carr said. “Hate comes from home.”
The following video from CBS 2 was uploaded to YouTube by USNationalistNews, which believes “[r]acism was an ideal invented by the Left, during the 20's and 30's for the sole-purpose of combating Nationalism.”
While Cathy Lawhon, a spokeswoman for UCI, said she was against the “abhorrent and hateful” images, they were posted on a personal account. Thus Vazquez did not violate school policy.
“As ill as it may make us to look at some of these things, we do have freedom of speech in this country,” Lawhon said.
The public safety director at Golden West College, Don Arnold, immediately took action against Vazquez, when the images were brought to his attention.
Arnold said “prejuce and racial bais” are “not acceptable at all” on their campus.
Vazquez offered no comment to Goldstein when confronted. Shortly after speaking to Vazquez, his Instagram was reportedly changed to private, and several minutes later the user was deleted.
The following video from CBS 2 was uploaded to YouTube by USNationalistNews, which believes “[r]acism was an ideal invented by the Left, during the 20's and 30's for the sole-purpose of combating Nationalism.” Viewer discretion is advised.