Sixteen-year-old Tyler Brandt wanted to work at the fast food chain to make some extra money, but he says his manager was always agitated and verbally abusive.
That fear led Brandt to let the words continue, until this week when he says the manager made the ultimate gesture of discrimination.
“He pulled me into the office and gave me a nametag that read ‘Gaytard’ on it and asked me to wear it. So, I put it on because I didn’t want to upset him and I felt that if I did do anything to upset him, it would cause me to lose my job because he’d be looking for ways to fire me,” Brandt said.
Brandt says he tried taking it off several times, but he says the manager forced him to wear it all day in front of the customers.
Two men filed charges against the Atkinson Cotton Warehouse.
They’re accusing their former supervisor of calling them “monkeys” and telling them the water fountain and microwave were for white people only.
Antonio Harris and Marrio Mangrum say their former supervisor was stuck in the past.
“He would be like, ‘You need to think like a white man,” said Mangrum
“He pulled his pants down in front of us and told us to kiss his white tail ,” said Harris.
He said after months of racist comments and feeling powerless, he decided to use his phone as a weapon to fight back.
He recorded his attempt to drink water from a water fountain in the warehouse office.
Mo Asumang, daughter of a black Ghanaian father and a white German mother, talks to BBC News about her experiences making her new documentary, The Aryans, in which she confronts racists, both in Germany and among the Ku Klux Klan in America.
Most of the neo-nazis won’t talk to Asumang. They tell her it’s best to go away, but won’t openly state their beliefs on camera. The one who did just said they wanted deportation to other places. It makes one wonder what they would say to her off camera.
It’s interesting that the KKK in the USA knows how bad it is to be seen as racist. They claim they aren’t racist while wearing clothing that is clearly identified as racist.
Saturday is the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark case where a unanimous Supreme Court held that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” The following year the justices ordered that states end school segregation with “all deliberate speed.”
In the popular narrative, this is the beginning of American integration, a process that goes from Rosa Parks to Martin Luther King to the Civil Rights Act and eventually to President Obama.
But for as much as we share an integrated culture, millions of Americans—and blacks in particular—live in segregated worlds, a fact illustrated by the persistence and retrenchment of school segregation, as detailed in a new report from the Civil Rights Project at the University of California–Los Angeles.