Are you kidding me? Are you freaking kidding me?
Petrini actually tried to defend this in an interview (paywall article) with the Tribune.
He can try to spin it any way he wants — freedom of speech, just a joke, riffing on someone else’s post, whatever – but most people (thank goodness) see it for what it really is.
UPDATE: Please note that I have no problem with Petrini expressing his views, no matter how disgusting – that’s his right! Yay 1st Amendment, seriously!
And under normal circumstances, this is the kind of of garbage that I (and many others) simply ignore — not going to gin up the outrage machine over every idiotic Facebook post, there’s simply not enough time and there’s really no point — racists gonna racist, etc.
But this guy ran for City Commission, and is now running for the GFPS school board, so shining a light on his sense of “humor” is absolutely within the bounds of commentary and public scrutiny.