‘We Hang Blacks for Drinking White People Only Water’: Workers Sue Boss For Horrific Discrimination
African-American workers are suing a cotton gin in Memphis for discrimination after their bosses were caught saying horrific racist remarks to their employees and co-workers.
Antonio Harris and Marrio Mangrum says their boss “longed for the days of Jim Crow, when white men could ‘hang’ black men for drinking from the wrong water fountain.”
Mangrum said “he would be like, ‘you need to think like a white man.’”
Harris added “he pulled his pants down in front of us and told us to kiss his white tail.”
Harris actually recorded his boss’ reaction to him using a water fountain.
The recording shows his supervisor saying “I need to put a sign here that says ‘white people only.’”
When he used the microwave, he recorded his supervisor saying that he is now allowed because “you are not white.” “As a white man, we don’t even let Larry use it,” he said, referring to a black employee who has worked at the warehouse for over a decade.
The supervisor was also recorded lamenting the end of segregation, saying “back then, nobody thought anything about it. Now everybody is made to where to think it’s bad.”
Harris asks him “put your sign on the wall then, because I am feeling to drink it. What would they do when they catch me drinking your water?”
His boss replies “that’s when we hang you.”
According to Harris, he thought about how he was treated at work “every day of my life.”
According to reports, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is trying to help the two sides reach a settlement with the Atkinson Cotton Warehouse. The supervisor has been sent on vacation and has not been fired.