Fla. firefighter faces scrutiny after wearing blackface at Halloween party

Brevard County's fire chief says the firefighter’s actions do not reflect the values of the department


By Janelle Foskett

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A Brevard County firefighter is facing scrutiny after county officials were alerted to a photo of the firefighter wearing blackface at a Halloween party.

Brevard County officials are reviewing the actions of a firefighter who reportedly wore blackface to a Halloween party.
Brevard County officials are reviewing the actions of a firefighter who reportedly wore blackface to a Halloween party.

The heavily circulated photo shows Jacob Johnson, who was off duty at the time, with his face painted a darker color, similar to the minstrel images once common as a derisive depiction of Black culture, reported FlordiaToday.com. The photo was reportedly posted to social media by a woman who also attended the party.

County officials are now reviewing Johnson’s actions. 

Brevard County Fire Rescue Chief Mark Schollmeyer shared with FloridaToday.com: “[Johnson’s] behavior does not reflect the values of Brevard County Fire Rescue. Nor do his actions speak for the hundreds of hard-working firefighters in the agency doing great things every day.”

Johnson has worked for Brevard County for 16 years.

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