Texas’ Austin network administrator loses job over a racist comment
Posted On July 11, 2021
The network administrator of a Texas university network lost his job Thursday over a controversial tweet, the first time in the network administrator career he’s been fired.
Austin Tech Network’s network administrator Michael Dickson tweeted on April 25, saying that people need to go back to the dark ages.
His comment sparked a wave of social media backlash, which led to his firing from the network earlier this month.
Dickson’s tweet was sent on a Twitter account that has more than 15,000 followers.
The account, @adamnjones, is associated with a white nationalist group.
A statement released by Austin Tech Network said Dickson’s termination was based on his actions that violated the company’s social media guidelines and social media policies.
The statement said that Austin Tech was “very disappointed” in Dickson and that he had been “under a constant barrage of negative feedback and comments from other students, alumni, employees and community members.”
Dickson apologized on Twitter on Friday for the tweet, saying he would never have meant to offend anyone.
“I want to apologize to the Austin community and my fellow network administrators, especially my fellow alumni and staff who I have known for years.
I’ve been under a constant onslaught of negative comments and comments, and I want to make it very clear that I’m very sorry,” Dickson said.
“I apologize for the offense that was done.
And I’m also sorry to my fellow employees, my community, and my students.”
Austin Tech’s network is one of the country’s top network administrators.
The network has been ranked No. 1 in the country by CNN and No. 2 by USA Today.
It has about 1,200 employees.
Dixon was promoted to network administrator in February, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
The network administrator was hired after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006.
In an interview with the Austin-American Statesman, Dickson cited his “love of Austin and its people.”
“The Austin community is the reason I got this job,” Dison said.
He added that he would like to return to the university as a network administrator.
Austin, a city of about 12,000 people, has been at the center of a controversy over its treatment of immigrants in recent months.
The university is one the most racially diverse in the U.S.
A federal judge in Dallas on Friday ruled that the university must give immigrants in Texas, including Dickson, the same chance to apply for a college degree as other applicants, including students from other states.