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Friday, June 06, 2014

A contractor has fired a cotton warehouse supervisor in Memphis, Tennessee, after two black employees accused him of saying that a microwave and a water fountain were for "whites only." Federal Compress said the Atkinson Cotton Warehouse supervisor was removed from the warehouse and is no longer employed by the company. Worker Antonio Harris recorded the supervisor, who said, "I need to put a sign here that says 'White People Only'" on a water fountain. Harris then asked the supervisor what would be done if he were caught drinking from the fountain. "That's when we hang you," the supervisor said.

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Had to do that joke before someone else did...

Anyway, seriously,

This is what Civil Rights Laws are for and a good application of them...

#2 | Posted by boaz at 2014-06-06 05:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

He should have simply said "Straights Only."

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-06-06 05:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

A reminder of why "State's rights" doesn't always work.

#4 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-06-06 05:10 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I don't actually see this as a joke. The guy deserved to be fired.

I have worked in a factory environment in North Carolina.

The slave pit mentality was alive and well.

This is what Civil Rights Laws are for and a good application of them...

#2 | Posted by boaz

Wait...I thought racial discrimination was over in America!

I thought "things have changed".

Now we see a clear case of it and you make a joke and then say this is what our civil rights laws are for?

Then why are we weakening our Civil Rights laws when we still obviously need them?

The Supreme Court's Ruling and the End of the Civil-Rights Era

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-06-06 05:14 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Let's hope the supervisor saw the humor in his house being burned to the ground shortly after he lost his job...

#6 | Posted by catdog at 2014-06-06 05:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

Wait...I thought racial discrimination was over in America!
I thought "things have changed".
Now we see a clear case of it and you make a joke and then say this is what our civil rights laws are for?
#5 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

Are you implying this story would have been told in the 1930's?

It has changed, but some fools haven't gotten the message. If it hadn't changed, the firm would have kept the racist, and not have hired the AfricanAmericans in the first place.

#7 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-06-06 05:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

A reminder of why "State's rights" doesn't always work.
#4 | Posted by nutcase

Yep.

A central government committed to human rights -- and strong enough to enforce that commitment -- is the only way human rights have ever been achieved.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-06-06 05:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

" If it hadn't changed, the firm would have kept the racist, and not have hired the AfricanAmericans in the first place."

Oh no, they hired black people back in the old days but those black people would have just accepted their treatment and said nothing about it because if they did they would get beaten up or worse.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-06 06:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

Are you implying this story would have been told in the 1930's?

It has changed, but some fools haven't gotten the message. If it hadn't changed, the firm would have kept the racist, and not have hired the AfricanAmericans in the first place.

#7 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-06-06 05:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

YOU can be better.

#10 | Posted by fresno500 at 2014-06-06 07:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

It has changed, but some fools haven't gotten the message. If it hadn't changed, the firm would have kept the racist, and not have hired the AfricanAmericans in the first place.

#7 | Posted by AndreaMackris

I am glad to see you have come around to accept the Progressive position on racial discrimination and that it needed to be stopped and made right.

By Law if necessary.

And now that you are feeling all Progressive I am sure you will agree that if there were no law against discrimination the company could and would do what it wanted to no matter what we Progressives thought of it.

And the employee who spoke up would be unemployed now...not the bossman.

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-06-06 07:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

Sounds like a joke not a policy.

#12 | Posted by tmaster at 2014-06-07 10:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

Some of us are old enough to remember a day when this was the norm not the exception. We have come a long way but it's obvious we still have some places yet to go.

#13 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-07 10:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

Its guaranteed that the fired supervisor-victim will claim that he was just joking around, and tell us about all his black friends and neighbors. Then he will assume his new position as a commenter on the local Fox News outlet or Tennessee right-wing talk radio,

#14 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-06-07 07:50 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

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