Racial slurs slandering African American employees in the workplace, some workers say

By Jatara Allen
May 3, 2015

Daryl Clayton-Sargent stood strong on her own two feet as racial slurs were secretly being passed around the floor. Being the only African American person on the job at that time it made it hard for her to react. “Would they think of me as a dog, an animal or one of those black people that can’t control their mouth,” Sargent said. Those racial slurs steadily ran in the back of her mind as she tried to finish the rest of her shift.

Recently there was a “die in” protest occurring at the King of Prussia Mall. Currently the word started to spread throughout the entire mall, as well as social media. The word got to Modell’s and of course the conversations flourished. Everyone was asking each other’s opinions about the situation. The topic hit the fan and the associates had much to say. Black customers overheard some of the white associates talking about how the die in was “pointless,” “dumb” and getting “carried away.”

Since the killings in Ferguson took place there has been so much hostility and tension between blacks and whites. The stake is at its most high and the racial profiling has not stopped. After the death of Mike Brown there have been so many questions of why the officer wasn’t arrested and whose fault it really was. “In New York, the July death of Eric Garner because of the apparent use of a “chokehold” by an officer has also sparked outrage.”

“Nobody really gave a f***,” said Sargent as she angrily went off to break as she had already witnessed racial slurs linger around the room. While racism still flourishes in every part of the world, there is someone who has to be that person to stand up and have a voice. Wondering when will it stop, or holding your tongue because you may lose your job just isn’t enough.

Everyday Daryl Clayton-Sargent has to put on her pretty smile and head to work with the mentality that everyone in her job is racist to a certain extent. Of course she doesn’t want to think this is the truth. She knows that it is just human nature and you can’t change a person overnight. Many white people look at blacks as dangerous individuals who have the thought of being violent every day. This isn’t the case in every situation.

“How can we address concerns about “use of force,” how can we address concerns about officer-involved shootings if we do not have a reliable grasp on the demographics and circumstances of those incidents? We simply must improve the way we collect and analyze data to see the true nature of what’s happening in all of our communities.”

This time, it’s not law-enforcement authorities but a private company, Nashville’s Bill Heard Chevrolet dealership, which stands accused of singling out African-Americans for investigation of possible drug use.

Five fellow Bill Heard employees reported that African American workers were requested to submit to drug screenings and pay cuts more frequently than other races. It was recognized that there was racial profiling being active inside the workplace. A manager was reported on quotations of calling an employee a f****** n*****.

Words flourished and questions instantly sparked inside of the Nashville’s Bill Heard company. A lawsuit was set against Bill Heard Chevorlet. Mr. Bell was accused of randomly drug testing more black people than others. They felt like they were being pointed out from everyone else. However, Mr. Bell says “people randomly getting tested all the time, that’s the whole aspect of it.”

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