Kalyn Chapman James, the first black Miss Alabama, is now on leave from her job after making comments about the Dallas sniper being a ‘martyr’.
Florida’s WPBT2 issued a statement on its Twitter account Monday afternoon stating that “WPBT2 South Florida PBS does not condone the personal statements made by one of its independent contractors regarding the events in Dallas.”
“It placed the contractor on administrative leave while it actively and carefully looks further into the matter and will determine additional course of actions based on its thorough review of the matter,” the post stated
WPBT also said they support race relations and anti-violence movements. “In fact, we go to great lengths to bring viewers in-depth and meaningful programming that examines important issues that directly impact our communities and country such as criminal justice reforms and race relations.”
Even the Miss Alabama pageant organizers are distancing themselves from James.
“Kalyn Chapman James was Miss Alabama 23 years ago in 1993,” according to the Miss Alabama statement. “The opinions she expressed are her own, and do not represent the viewpoint of the current Miss Alabama or the Miss Alabama Organization. We have nothing but the utmost respect and appreciation for the men and women of law enforcement, and would never condone violence of any kind.’