The ouster of a Pittsburgh TV anchor over a Facebook post has started a conversation about the consequences of saying the wrong thing when attempting to weigh in on matters of race.

Wendy Bell took to social media last month to express her sadness and anger over a deadly mass shooting. Her comments were seen as offensive and racist by some. Others thought Bell was heartfelt, and that she was unfairly judged and punished for her honesty.

Bell and the station, WTAE, parted ways after an online backlash to remarks referring to potential suspects in the killings as "young black men" with "multiple siblings from multiple fathers."