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Black Supervisors at GM Plant Say They Were Constantly Threatened With Nooses, Swastikas, and Slurs

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Two black men who worked at General Motors until they left their jobs out of fear for their safety have filed a lawsuit accusing the company of allowing violent levels of racism in an Ohio plant, according to a CNN report Thursday.

Marcus Boyd and Derrick Brooks experienced more than a year of constant, overt racial harassment, according to a lawsuit filed by nine black GM employees who allege the company permitted an “underlying atmosphere of violent racial hate and bullying” at the Toledo Powertrain plant. Some of the allegations from the lawsuit, as described by CNN and in previous reporting by the Detroit Free Press:

• Graffiti and signs labeled the bathrooms as for “whites only.”
• Subordinates called the black supervisors “boy,” “monkey,” and the N-word.
• White employees called black people in the plant “Dan,” which, the men later discovered, stood for “dumb-ass n—–.”
• A white woman seen being amiable with a black supervisor found the words “n—– lover” scrawled on her pizza box.
• Subordinates refused to follow black supervisors’ directions.
• Workers told black employees to “go back to........

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