Donovan McBride, a white employee, who has an African-American wife and children, complained to his manager and to the human resources department about the slurs and use of the n-word. His complaints were laughed off or ignored, he told KTVU. After a co-worker hung a noose in his personal area over a toolbox, McBride took it down.
“It wasn't easily visible to customers, but the noose hanging over a tool box was in plain sight of employees. The racially charged symbol elicited a strong feeling in McBride.
" ‘Hatred. [I] don't want to come to work. It's a hostile work environment. It takes me back to slavery days,’ McBride said. 'Nooses were meant to hang black people.' "
After the noose went back up, and the manager again refused to intervene, McBride took his complaints to KTVU.
Now the owner of this and 20 other Bay Area Midas shops is investigating, and agreed such displays of prejudice should not be tolerated.
Apparently, the racial slurs at the Midas shop became worse after Barack Obama was elected president and then after controversy broke out last month over a white police officer’s arrest of Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Speaking of the Gates controversy, my question about whether racial profiling takes place in the East Bay suburbs generated quite a bit of discussion. My post contained excerpts of a Diablo magazine interview with San Ramon’s Mayor Abram Wilson, who said that he believes he had been unfairly stopped while driving because of his race. He added that he knew of other African-American men in the community who had been targeted for police stops, most likely because of their race.