Racism in the Workplace

The Corporate Racist

 

Racism is not restricted to the streets. It takes life in many different forms within the workplace. Do not fall victim to its evil grip. Many employees fail to report racism for fear of losing their job or suffering retribution.

Use your voice and report it!

 

Racism happens within prominent corporations and businesses in this day and age. No longer is discrimination a thing of the past as it has gained momentum and rears its ugly head ever so quietly.

 

James Cooper

Old enough to recall the days of segregated bathrooms and water fountains accessible for white people, James experienced racism while under the employ of a famous commercial airline company.

 

As a mechanic, he was greeted by a sign one day with the words, “All Blacks Die.” This sign was placed at the entrance of the facility’s restrooms. Later that day he noticed his name scratched into the backside of the toilet door with a swastika and the word N*gger underneath.

 

Filing a complaint with his supervisor, nothing happened nor was the perpetrator discovered. He took things a step further and filed a lawsuit against the airline company. The case was settled out of court with an undisclosed amount.

Julio Archuleta

Julio was proud of his mixed Mexican and Native American heritage. He was wrongfully terminated from the same commercial airline company that James Cooper was employed with. Julio made complaints against the safety of the aircraft and commented on the number of violations that had taken place. He also supported a fellow employee’s racial harassment and discrimination case that was filed the previous year.

 

Just like James Cooper, Julio too was a mechanic with this airline. Just before his termination, he also found a sign with racial slurs, but this time it was posted near the time clock. Filing a complaint with the supervisor, no action was taken. Shortly after that, he was terminated.

 

David Elliott

Again another similarity to the others stories, David was under the employ of a major corporation that designed and produced commercial aircraft. The white employees began to harass him and left anti-black graffiti on the restroom walls. David and other fellow black employees formed a group at work that addressed discrimination in the workplace.

 

Things for David began to get worse as all of the black men found “back to Africa” tickets on their desks and other areas. An investigation was started while the victims (to include David) were questioned as if they were a part of these horrible incidents.

 

Things continued to get even worse when he found a noose on his desk, his computer was unplugged causing him to lose valuable work, his bicycle was hidden and his desk chair as well. Class action suits were filed; however, nothing as of today has happened.

Scarred for Life

Racism Thrives When Nothing is Done

 

The above incidents were not merely harassments, but outright hate crimes which revolved around the fact that these men’s skin color was not white.

 

The fear and insecurity that developed in the workplace left James, Julio, and David with unrest and anxiety. It took away their sense of belonging within the group of employees as a whole in each of their workplaces.

 

If you see someone falling victim to racial discrimination, be bold enough to stand up and report it!

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Hate Crimes in America

Bias-Fueled Ticking Time Bombs

The average American is not vaguely aware that something lurks in the shadows of society waiting to devour its next victim.

 

Hate crime is an offense committed against a person or property which is motivated by bias against race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity or disability. Although the act of hate in of itself is not an offense, the action derived from that hate is.

 

The majority of hate crimes in America are directed towards Jews, Muslims and the LGBT community.

Statistically Speaking

 

The unstaggering incidents of hate crimes toppled in 2016 at an unwavering count of 6,100 incidents. That does not take into account the ones that went unreported. Nearly 6 out of 10 victims were targeted due to race or ethnicity.

 

Types of Hate Crimes

 

There are five types of hate crimes.

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation

 

Reasons Hate Crimes Are Committed

 

Seeking a Thrill

Driven by the need for excitement or drama, typically young men who are bored or drunk preys on innocent victims for a biased-target reason against race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Seventy percent of “thrill seeking” hate crimes were assaults. Victims were chosen at random.

 

Defensive

Hate crime attackers perceive themselves as the “defender” of territory such as neighborhoods, workplace, religious establishment or in militaristic defense of country. These “defenders” often has a targeted victim. Events can trigger an attack. Little or no remorse is evident in the attacker.

Retaliation

The attacker perceives themselves as the “avenger” acting alone with specific targets of someone related to racial, ethnic or religious causes.

 

Mission

Offenders that are “mission-minded” are the most dangerous and deadliest. They consider themselves crusaders working for the cause of race or religion. Often linked to groups sharing the same opinions towards race, they will tend to target groups or sites that have a significant symbolic presence. Their goal is to “maximize the carnage.”

 

Silence Results from Fear

 

Many fail to report hate crimes because of fear of retribution from the attacker or related groups. The unease within our nation fuels the fire behind groups and individuals who prey on innocent people.

 

The victims of these crimes endure paralyzing fear while it rocks the whole community. Ultimately, society’s sense of security is weakened. Hate crimes strike at the victim’s core identity while compromising the sense of belonging.

The War Against Hate Crimes

 

More than 1,600 extremist groups are scattered across America. The fight to extinguish hate and extremism proves difficult as the resurging presence of groups of the past reform. A few well-known groups that are gaining strength and members nationwide are the KKK, Aryan Nations, and White Aryan Resistance.

 

A Hate Crime that Changed History

 

Matthew Shepard arrived in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998 where he would attend The University of Wyoming. Visiting a local pub one evening he had an encounter with two men. It was these two men that tied Matthew to a fence, beat him and left him to die. They targeted Matthew because of his sexual orientation.

 

 

At Matthew’s funeral was the notorious Westboro Baptist Church protesters holding picket signs with homophobic slander. The group shouted anti-gay rhetoric to the funeral attendees.

In 2009, The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed into law by President Obama. This Act gives the Department of Justice power needed to not only investigate hate crimes but to prosecute bias-motivated hate crimes against LGBT victims.

 

If you see a hate crime or suspect one, it is important to report it. You stepping forward could be the very thing that saves someone’s life!

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