Biscuits and gravy commentary directed at obese corrections guards deemed ‘racist’

We are now at a place in post-Obama America where any criticism that includes a black person(s) is immediately deemed to be “racist.”

Sgt. Michael Bourhill, a veteran Westchester County, N.Y. corrections officer, finds himself under investigation after posting an allegedly “racist and offensive” photo on social media ridiculing a Georgia Department of Corrections group photo of predominately black jail guards, according to the New York Post.

The photo features a large number of overweight guards, including a few who are morbidly obese, with the Post reporting that “some appear overweight.” To be clear, there are overweight white guards in the photo, as well.

“Damn!! They must serve some good biscuits and gravy at the Georgia Department of Correction,” read the caption of Bourhill’s post.


“Last week the Department of Corrections became aware of an inappropriate social media post and launched a formal investigation,” county communications director Catherine Cioffi said, according to the newspaper.

“Posting or reposting inappropriate images is a violation of Westchester County employee policy,” Cioffi added. “Employees who violate this policy will be subject to formal disciplinary charges.”

A Westchester County black corrections officer group said the post was “deeply racist” in a Facebook post, while accusing the county of a race-based double standard when it comes to disciplinary actions.

“The Westchester Correction Association strongly condemns the racist and offensive social media post shared by a Westchester Correction Sergeant,” the group said. “In the post, the sergeant shared an image of a group of predominantly Black Correction Officers from the state of Georgia.”

“Sharing this post is not only unprofessional and inappropriate for any law enforcement supervisor as well as deeply racist and demeaning. To merely share such a post is offensive to this supervisor’s colleagues and co-workers,” the statement continued. “Furthermore, this post is a clear violation of the department’s social media policy. However, it appears the department only holds Black officers and organizations accountable to this policy, while white officers’ actions go unchecked and without consequences.”

The group added, “Regardless if the post implies that Black people eat a lot of biscuits or references the weight of some of the officers in the photo, such posts have no place in our society, let alone within the ranks of law enforcement.”

Social media users seemed to have a different take on whether the post was racist… or whether the word even has any meaning these days.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story, as seen on X:

Tom Tillison


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