*According to two black employees, Jim Crow is alive and well – at least in their place of employment. They have now joined forces to file a discrimination complaint against a Tennessee cotton warehouse.
Antonio Harris and Marrio Mangrum say that their former supervisor at Atkinson Cotton Warehouse in Memphis told them the drinking fountain and the microwave were for whites only and on an alleged recording made by Harris – who felt he finally needed to get proof of the behavior – the threat of a hanging was mentioned in a racist exchange if he drank from the fountain, WREG reports.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted that “recording audio without consent is legal in Tennessee.”
In the complaint the supervisor is said to have blatantly outlined his stance on segregation; telling the two to “think like a white man” and calling them “monkeys.” The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is mediating with the warehouse owner to hammer out a possible settlement, WREG reports.
Federal Compress, the company that runs the warehouse, told ABC News it had “zero tolerance” for discrimination. A representative said the supervisor didn’t work there anymore.
As you can imagined, this didn’t sit well with many, who were outraged by the allegations. Several comments on Jezebel’s write up of the story were punctuated with the familiar abbreviation of disbelief: “WTF.”