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Man fired from job after friends made racist comments on Facebook towards his colleague’s black son

By Mason White 11:51 AM October 7, 2015
Gerod Roth with Cayden Jace 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) An innocent photo of a white man with a black kid caused a firestorm on the Internet.

An employee of a marketing company based in Atlanta, Georgia, has been fired from his job after posting a photo to Facebook.

Gerod Roth, who goes by the name of Geris Hilton on Facebook, published a selfie with a 3-year-old African-American boy, who is the son of his colleague.

The post attracted a number of racist comments from his friends that referred to the child as a slave.

Roth did not stop the racism, but instead joined in the discussion by calling the boy “feral.”

After uploading the photo to Facebook, Emily Irene Red said: “I didn’t know you were a slave owner.”

Ryan Michael Siegal said: “Help feed this poor child today.”

Dylan Kleeman said: “Dude where did you get the black kid?” To which Graham Hansen responded: “The black market.”

Roth then posted: “He was feral.”

The child, Cayden Jace, was identified by his mother, Sidney Shelton, who works with Roth at the Polaris Marketing Group.

The company has released a statement, confirming that Roth was fired because they were “disgusted” by his behavior.

Shelton took to Facebook and posted many photos of her 3-year-old son, She said that he is the “love of my life, the apple of my eyes, my everything.”

Roth is now claiming to be the victim. He said that he was unfairly fired for comments made by his friends on Facebook.