A supervisor for a regional transit agency in Oregon allegedly posted TikTok videos mocking girls, Asians and people of color — however he insists he was “simply being dumb” on his lunch break.
Khris Alexander — a supervisor for TriMet, which runs buses and commuter rail in Portland — ridiculed Asian, black and feminine bus riders in videos posted to his TikTok account, together with one as not too long ago as December, the Willamette Week reported Thursday.
In a single video reposted to YouTube, a masked Alexander, who’s white, seemed to be making enjoyable of a rider’s title whereas pretending to make use of a radio to name a dispatcher.
“I have to run one by title and date of beginning,” he mentioned on the 16-second clip. “Final title Smith: Sam, Mary, Ida, Tom, Henry.”
Alexander then deliberately butchered the rider’s first title, harshly saying as “Ja-KWELL-en” earlier than saying “frequent spelling.”
In one other video, Alexander voiced over footage of a TriMet bus hopping a curb whereas mocking accents of Asian riders, the outlet reported.
“Oh no, honey, you can’t go there, that’s the curb, why you drive over it honey, yeah, you f–okay up,” Alexander mentioned in one other TikTok video. “Oh my God, honey.”
A 3rd clip posted by Alexander reveals him deriding girls whereas re-enacting an episode of the long-running recreation present “Household Feud,” the outlet reported.
“Title a job that’s soiled however somebody has to do it,” Alexander asks.
He first says “plumber” earlier than letting out the successful reply in his twisted recreation present, based on the report.
“Gynecologist,” Alexander mentioned.
Alexander’s deal with on the social media platform had 128 followers earlier than he reportedly deleted it Wednesday when requested for touch upon the troubling footage. He didn’t return a request for remark, the newspaper reported.
In an electronic mail to The Publish Friday, Alexander denied mocking any riders based mostly on their race or nationality in the clips.
“I used to be simply being dumb whereas on my lunch break in the future,” Alexander wrote. “My posts on social media don’t mirror my coworkers or my employer however [are] my posts.”
Alexander mentioned he believes a coworker tipped off native reporters to his TikTok account.
“Sadly people get upset actual fast now a days [sic] and don’t see others [who] posted similar videos however have a difficulty with me duplicating others videos,” the e-mail continued.
In 2018, Alexander was elected to the board of Amalgamated Transit Union 757, which represents transit employees. He posted on his web site that he was fired from the board two years later, the Williamette Weekly reported.
The dates of the videos couldn’t be confirmed earlier than Alexander deleted them, however a supply mentioned his most up-to-date TikTok footage was posted in December.
The transit agency is now investigating the clips, officers mentioned.
Agency officers had not acquired any complaints concerning the videos previous to the choice weekly reaching out for remark.
“Following Willamette Week’s inquiry, we instantly launched an inside investigation,” TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt instructed the outlet in an electronic mail. “We can not remark additional as it is a personnel matter. Nevertheless, whereas TriMet staff have a proper to freedom of expression, the statements and connotations in these videos don’t mirror TriMet’s rules and mission to our group. TriMet values fairness and inclusion as we work to supply transit service that’s protected, accessible and welcoming for all.”
The investigation into Alexander’s posts was ongoing Friday and he stays an worker of the transit agency, Altstadt instructed The Publish.
The footage comes after current vandalism incidents at Asian-owned companies in Portland in January, the Willamette Week reported.