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Wendy Bell sues her old network for 'racist' firing, but do you agree with her?

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After racist comments, anchor Wendy Bell says she lost her job because she is white

Scorned WTAE news anchor Wendy Bell is suing the network that let her go over her controversial comments posted on Facebook after a mass shooting in the Wilkinsburg neighborhood of Pittsburgh this March.

According to Us Weekly, Bell claims that the network wouldn't have acted the same way if her disparaging remarks were about white people.

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Bell will seek back pay, punitive damages and a return to her former position in the federal lawsuit. The suit hints that her lawyers will pursue the strategy that not only has Bell been profiled, but her comments were not meant to be racist and were instead thoughts of "concern." The suit reads: "Had Ms. Bell written the same comments about white criminal suspects or had her race not have been white, Defendant would not have fired her, much less disciplined her. Ms. Bell's posting of concern for the African-American community stung by mass shooting was clearly and obviously not intended to be racially offensive."

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In the original controversial post, Bell wrote: "You needn't be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday... they are young black men, likely teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They've grown up there. They know the police. They've been arrested."

Bell has been with WTAE since 1998 and has won 21 Emmys.

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