Tennessee Cotton Gin Boss Caught on Tape - We Hang BLACKS for Drinking WHITE PEOPLE ONLY Water
A cotton gin in Memphis, Tennessee is facing a federal discrimination
complaint after one of its supervisors was caught on a cell phone
recording making racist remarks to black employees. African-American
workers at the Atkinson Cotton Warehouse this week described to WREG
treatment that evoked cotton's historic connections to racism and
slavery. According to Antonio Harris and Marrio Mangrum, their boss at
the cotton gin longed for the days of Jim Crow, when white men could
"hang" black men for drinking from the wrong water fountain. "He would
be like, 'You need to think like a white man,'" Mangrum recalled.
"He pulled his pants down in front of us and told us to kiss his white tail," Harris explained.
enduring months of racist comments, Harris decided to use his cell
phone to record an attempt to drink from a water fountain in the
"I need to put a sign here that says 'white people only,'" the supervisor says in the recording.
When Harris tries to use the microwave, the boss tells him he is not allowed to use it because "you are not white."
a white man, we don't even let Larry use it," the boss notes in
reference to a black employee who had worked at the cotton gin for over
The supervisor goes on to lament that that blacks and
whites are no longer kept separate in the United States through
"Back then, nobody thought anything about it," he opines. "Now everybody is made to where to think it's bad."
your sign on the wall then, because I am feeling to drink it," Harris
asks. "What would they do when they catch me drinking your water?"
"That's when we hang you," the supervisor warns.
Harris said that he thought about the racist treatment "every day of my life."
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was working to mediate a
settlement with the Atkinson Cotton Warehouse after Harris and Mangrum
filed a discrimination complaint.
An employee of the cotton gin told WREG that the supervisor had been on vacation in recent days, but he had not been fired.
Edited by tatee - Jun 04 2014 at 8:57am