Slow News Day!

It isn’t currently on top, but earlier today, this was the most prominently displayed story on CNN.com:

“Feds slam Texas factory over discrimination claims”

Dallas, Texas (CNN) — African-American workers at a Texas pipe factory endured a string of racial slurs and harassment and were targeted by their managers when they complained, federal investigators have determined.

Black employees at the Turner Industries plant in Paris, Texas, regularly “were subjected to unwelcome racial slurs, comments and intimidation, racial graffiti, nooses in the workplace and other symbols of discrimination,” the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported.

Black workers also were denied promotions and disciplined more harshly than whites, the agency concluded in a three-page letter in late March. Managers at the plant not only were aware of a “hostile environment,” they also targeted workers who complained and disciplined white employees who opposed the harassment, the EEOC found.”…

“”We are disappointed that the EEOC has issued this determination and strongly disagree with the EEOC’s findings,” Michael Phelps, Turner Industries’ vice president for human resources, said in a written statement.

Lawyers for the seven Turner employees who went to the EEOC displayed photographs of the slurs, of hanging nooses and threatening notes left for employees at the Paris plant during a news conference Wednesday. One of those employees, Dontrail Mathis, told reporters that he was frequently called racially inflammatory names and that most African-American employees were relegated to the paint shop.”…

“Relegated to the paint shop”…as opposed to…you know…all being Vice Presidents of Finance, where they clearly belonged by virtue of…well…CNN never really says.

“Milligan worked at the plant for nine months before he was fired. Company officials told him he was sacked for failing a drug test, he said. But a lawyer for the employees, Jay Ellwanger, said Milligan warned testers that he was taking a diet medication that could show up as a stimulant.”

Okay…but did he test positive for a stimulant, or did he test positive for some other drug, like heroin, which his medication wouldn’t have caused a false positive for?  Boy CNN really likes to get to the bottom of things…no detail is too small to investigate.

“Paris is about 110 miles northeast of Dallas. The Rev. Peter Johnson, a state civil rights leader, said the problems reported at the Turner plant reflect a “culture of discrimination” that lingers in East Texas.

“East Texas is Mississippi 50 years ago. This case will begin to help us unravel the history of discrimination and bigotry throughout East Texas,” he said.”

Is “Reverend” now the occupational title for “civil rights leaders,” kind of like how “M.D.” designates a Medical Doctor.  “East Texas is Mississippi 50 years ago”?  So East Texas has segregated facilities and a ban on interracial marriage?  To the neocons, everything is Munich 1938.  I guess that, to blacks, everything is Mississippi 1960.  I love the way this “civil rights leader” gets more space on this article than the actual company being accused.  Other than a segment of the written statement, we hear nothing from them.  Did CNN even offer them the chance to respond to these allegations?  Maybe Richard Hoste is right, and CNN really is trying to rebrand itself as the “black news network.”  That should help boost their declining ratings and falling ad revenues.

This was the “front page story”?!?!  In other, apparently less important, news, which I had to dig through CNN.com to find, the ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev has finally given up on trying to retain his job, and at least 20 people were killed in a terrorist attack in MyanmarI wonder if any of this will even turn out to be true.  I’m sure that when the EEOC is done here, they’ll probably move on to harassing the Census Bureau.  The EEOC is like non-white America’s own personal FBI.

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