Acts of Racism Cost Construction Workers Their Jobs| News | BET.com

Acts of Racism Cost Construction Workers Their Jobs| News | BET.com

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Jan. 29, 2008 – Two White construction workers, helping build the new Nationals baseball park in Washington, D.C., have been fired after two separate acts of racism in as many months.

The most recent case occurred last week as one of the men allegedly left a noose in a breakroom that was discovered by Black employees. Last month, an electrician was fired after he reportedly made racially offensive comments toward some African-American coworkers, DC Fox News reports.

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D.C. Councilman Kwame Brown, who has oversight of the district’s Sports and Entertainment Commission, has called for an investigation. He has said that he may press for the removal of the construction firm responsible for the employees. Both of the incidents involved electricians from the subcontractor Truland Systems.

On Friday, Truland Systems issued a statement saying, in part: "The management and staff of Truland Systems Corporation are shocked and disappointed by the recent racial incident at the construction site of the new Washington Nationals Ballpark in Washington, D.C. … “A noose as an expression of hatred and bigotry is intolerable. The individual or individuals responsible for this disturbing act have no place in our company and should have no future in the electrical industry…. To have an incident like this take place involving individuals who do not represent our values is more disappointing than I can say. I know that it is an aberration and not a reflection of this team or this company."

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