Things aren’t looking too good for embattled Charlotte-based steel company Nucor. Not only are they facing a class action lawsuit in Chucktown concerning charges of allegedly fostering a hostile racial environment at its Berkeley County mill, but now a U.S. District Court in Arkansas has decided that the company is guilty of racial hostility against black employees at its Blytheville, Ark., mill.
Now before you get all anti-PC PC, and Lord knows this post will likely attract a fair amount of I-may-be-white-but-I’m-a-victim-too tomfoolery, consider this bit from a press release from the attorneys representing the plaintiffs before getting all in a huff:
“The Court noted that ‘white employees burned a cross in the roll mill department and covered their heads in hoods,’ a supervisor hung ‘a chicken with a hangman’s noose in another black employee’s workstation,’ and ‘repeated racial slurs, nooses, and similar items hung in the roll mill department, and racially offensive graffiti on bathroom walls.”
Closer to home, a group of current and former Nucor Berkely workers have claimed that this type of behavior has also taken place at the Huger, S.C., mill. According to a press release from Alabama-based law firm Wiggins Childs, Quinn & Pantazis and Charleston-based firm Derfner, Altman & Wilborn:
“[W]hite supervisors and employees frequently referred to black employees as ‘nigger,’ ‘bologna lips,’ ‘yard ape,’ and ‘porch monkey.’ White employees frequently referred to the black employees as ‘DAN,’ which stood for ‘dumb ass nigger.’ These racial epithets were broadcast over the plant-wide radio system, along with ‘Dixie’ and ‘High Cotton.’ Monkey noises were also broadcast over the radio system in response to the communications of black employees. The display of the Confederate flag was pervasive throughout the plant, and items containing Nucor’s logo alongside the Confederate flag were sold in the plant’s gift shop. Additionally, several e-mails that depicted black people in racially offensive ways, such as by showing them with nooses around their necks, were circulated by various employees.'”
According to The Post and Courier, an appeal from Nucor may keep the case from going to trial for years or it may hit the court next year.