BART Workers Find Racial Slurs On Their Lockers
A group of African-American maintenance men for the Bay Area Rapid Transit company, better known as BART, are continuing to be victimized by racist harassment and threats as they have reportedly returned to work amid the on going investigation into the who is behind the incidents.
via Mercury News
Graffiti threats were scribbled across three BART workers’ lockers.
When African-American workers came to work late June, they found the racist death threats, the latest incident in an ongoing pattern of racial discrimination and harassment after a lawsuit was filed late last year.
A group of African-American track maintenance workers say that BART has forced them to return to work without concluding its investigation. Jody LeWitter, the attorney representing the seven workers, said that BART has been slow to respond.
“It’s a month later. We don’t really know what’s going on,” she said. “These guys are back at work looking back over their shoulders. To me that’s too long.”
In the employees’ written protest to return to work, they described the continuing pattern over the course of years of racist harassment and discrimination in promotions and working conditions, including graffiti that was ordered to be wiped off without investigation.
Rudolph Johnson, 26, is one of the workers who found the threat on his locker.
Johnson said that for the past two years, he has endured racial, physical and sexual harassment. He said he has been punched and thrown in a garbage can. After immediately reporting the incidents to his supervisors, Johnson said “nothing” was done.
BART dismissed the prior incidents as “horseplay” but is addressing the most recent, LeWitter said.
Racial tensions are known to run high in the San Franciso “Bay Area,” as most remember that it was a BART police officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant III during an arrest gone wrong back in 2009. From the sounds of things, the race relations in that area haven’t gotten much better.