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“We Hang Blacks for Drinking White People Only Water,” Says Cotton Gin Supervisor

by / June 3, 2014 Black News 21 Comments

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During slavery and even as sharecroppers, many blacks spent their lives picking cotton. Thosecotton gin.jpg workers were often faced with brυtal beαtings and repulsive work conditions, but even though it’s now 2014, workers at a Tennessee cotton gin are alleging that they encountered racism on the job.

African-American employees at Atkinson Cotton Warehouse allege that the way they are treated brings to mind how cotton pickers were treated during Jim Crow and slavery.

Antonio Harris and Marrio Mangrum say their manager actually yearned for the good ‘ol days when whites had complete control over blacks. They say their manager would pine away for the day when whites could “hang” blacks for drinking from the wrong water fountain.

“He would be like, ‘You need to think like a white man,’” Mangrum recalled, according to WREG.

“He pulled his pants down in front of us and told us to kiss his white tail,” Harris said.

After dealing with months of abυse, Harris says he finally recorded his attempt to use a water fountain at the warehouse.

“I need to put a sign here that says ‘white people only,’” the supervisor says in the recording provided by Harris.

Harris was also told “you are not white” when he tried to use the microwave.

The supervisor also discusses how much he dislikes race mixing.

“Back then, nobody thought anything about it,” he recalls. “Now everybody is made to where to think it’s bad.”

“Put 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 adds.

The men filed discrimination lawsuits with the EEOC and the agency is reportedly mediating a settlement between the men and the cotton gin’s owner.

 

 

 

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21 Comment

  1. Typical supremacist attitude. This is not surprising anymore.

  2. Tennessee? We're not surprised!

  3. In a way when you reiterate the inhuman endurance a slave would consider yourself still in Gods Blessed America ? These crimes are no different than a Nazi death center and black consider dirty less than human as the worst even as jews so were these hate crimes compensated and you know that answer. So why are we so stupid to hang on to a pledge as we're getting out fair share now after civil rights act and why do sit on out hand doing nothing about it because we're doing as slave do nothing other act so get your signing sheet ready and petition a class action legal on the death and mistreatment of our fall forgotten fore fathers mothers aunts and family we need true compensation not apologies.

  4. Smh

  5. Put 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 adds.

  6. Terrible to think that they put up with this crap for so long. I wonder if the supervisor was fired for his disgusting antics. He's a real pig for those comments, and I hope that they get a nice settlement for their abuse by this clown.

  7. Dis be america.

  8. Why in the world did any African American put up with this? Were everyone on the job so desperate to continue to allow it for a few dollars an hour? Why didn't all of these African Americans come together and file a lawsuit? These racists get away with being more and more outlandish and evil only because we Christian Black Folks remain quiet, passive, prayerful for God to come in and wash it all away. Faith without works is what people? If Martin Luther King did what every Black Person is doing today, we would still be living in the days where the KKK is still lynching us and employers paying us next to nothing in wages. It is bad enough with us losing every right we once had like Affirmative Action without even an argument. What in the world do you thing jail and prisons are? I worked in the Corrections & Parole field! African Americans are working for 2 cents to 25 cents an hour for half time and their work is sold for much for profit. Read "Slavery by another Name." African Americans please wake up!

  9. He pulled his pants down and suck out his ASS in front of other MEN and wanted them to KISS his ASS !!! Is that how WHITE MEN think Mr. SUPERVISOR??? Sounds gay to me…

  10. sister, i feel your anger and frustration. Why didn't more enslaved people run with mama Harriet? Because the body can be enslaved, but the mind becomes a slave to its master. When we know better, maybe we will do better.

  11. Wow! It is just hard to believe this BS is still going on in 2014! They should have caught his White ass outside on the street and let him know what we do to White Supremacist in this day and time!

  12. Amen Hakima!

  13. The south home grown racist tea party. Hate anything of color, except when they playing sports, making money for them.

  14. Let's not get it twisted, there was nothing "gay" about this guy's actions.

  15. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    SSSSSIIIIIICCCCCKKKKK of their behavior!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I could puke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. What happened to the supervisor?!!! Y'all kill me with these half azz articles!

  17. THOSE BLACK PEOPLE WHO KEEP PUTTING UP WITH THIS CRAP JUST DON'T HAVE THE HEART TO PUT THESE RACIST IGNORANT DUMMIES ON THEIR BACK… OR THEY KISSING ASS JUST TO KEEP A JOB, LETTING THEMSELVE BE HUMILATED,BUT THEY CRY AND WHINE ABOUT CHANGE, IF YOU WANT CHANGE, YOU GOING TO HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT, JUST LIKE MALCOLM X AND TUPAC BEEN TELLING BLACK PEOPLE

  18. that supervisor would have got the worst ghetto beat down ever seen after work and most likely would have came up missing never to be supervisor again

  19. This made the news and the supervisor was fired and they are trying to settle with these gentlemen.

  20. why would any white person or any person put up with this around them

  21. What’s with these people always talking about giving a beat down and so forth? Is this how black folk always think? Use your fists to settle a problem? Don’t like what someone says?…whip their ass! Someone stole something from you? Whip their ass like they stole something! Someone took your man or woman? Kick their ass! “She’s wearing my hairstyle, Imma whip her ass!” For any reason during any season let’s “Give them a BEAT down!” Come on now, we have dealt with a lot and will continue to endure much if we don’t fight with our intellect, using our tongues intelligently, using our minds and using our rights that ARE AVAILABLE TO US! Physical violence only exacerbates the situation. Where do you think beating people came from? During slavery we were beat with whips, sticks and whatever the white man decided was a good weapon to keep us in line. And still we rise. They too will continue to rise if things are not done the right way. The white man believes this is his world and won’t ever let us forget it…even in the 21st century! Do something CONSTRUCTIVE TO PROVE HIM WRONG!

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