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US: Noose at Fiat Plant Latest in Auto-Related Racism Reports

  • Last month, five nooses, together with signs supporting segregation, decorated the halls of an Ohio General Motors plant.

    Last month, five nooses, together with signs supporting segregation, decorated the halls of an Ohio General Motors plant. | Photo: Reuters

Published 21 March 2019
Opinion

Photos of a “thick, braided rope tied into a large noose” "taken in the area of the plant’s paint shop" began circulated social media.

Investigators are at the scene of a Michigan Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Assembly Plant (FCA) after employees reported a noose dangling from a Ram truck inside the Sterling Heights branch last month.

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"The incident at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in February was the subject of an exhaustive investigation conducted by external investigators. Although we have been unable to identify the person responsible, if and when that person is identified, their relationship with the company will be terminated. FCA will continue to conduct focused training to underscore the value of diversity and inclusion," company officials said in a statement.

FCA told Detroit Free Press, that “this type of behavior will simply not be tolerated."

Photos of a “thick, braided rope tied into a large noose” "taken in the area of the plant’s paint shop" began circulated social media and attracting attention. According to reports, a recent influx of some 7,000 hourly workers from a location in Warren city has caused tensions to rise.

However, according to a Facebook post created by the plant’s union workers, the racist incident on Feb. 23 is only one of “several disturbing incidents over the last couple months.” Union workers encouraged members to report any future racist encounters.

“We must speak up and speak out when we are aware of heinous discriminatory acts being committed by co-workers. Fear-mongering through race based attacks and antics should not and will NOT BE TOLERATED AT SHAP,” the post said.

The United Automobile Workers (UAW) said, "We are appalled at these reports. It is always unacceptable when a member suffers the indignity of slurs based on race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. The UAW has been and will always be a leader in fighting discrimination in the workplace.

"A rise in recent years of incidents targeting people based on their race, gender, immigration status, or religious beliefs is impossible to ignore and requires an aggressive response.

"As we strive to build an inclusive union, we demand that employers make a similar effort and dedicate the necessary resources to ensure our workplaces are inclusive," UAW said.

This recent occurrence is the latest in a series of auto-related racist incidents. Last month, five nooses, together with signs supporting segregation, decorated the halls of an Ohio General Motors plant. Black supervisors and employees also were reportedly called “boy,” monkey,” and told to “go back to Africa.”

Miles away in a U.P.S. delivery center, 19 current and former employees filed a joint lawsuit after a black worker found a noose hanging over his area, the final straw after a slew of racist discriminatory incidents suffered.

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