Yale Drops Charges Against Dishwasher Who Broke Painting Of Slaves
A recently reported that a Black dishwasher at Yale’s cafeteria was fired after breaking a stained-glass panel in Calhoun residential college dining hall that depicted slaves picking cotton.
The university intended to press charges against Calhoun but has no decided to drop the case due to overwhelming support for the cafeteria worker according NY Times:
On Tuesday morning, Mr. Menafee appeared in court with Patricia Kane, a lawyer working pro bono on his behalf. Ms. Kane said he did not have a computer or a phone and could not be reached for comment.
Approximately 40 supporters, including Yale students and faculty members and community leaders, filed into the courtroom behind Mr. Menafee.
“Yale has to decide which is more valuable: a stained-glass window, or the dignity and humanity of the black people who live and work at Yale,” said Megan Fountain, an alumna and volunteer with the activist group Unidad Latina en Accion, which helped organize the rally.
Yale said in a statement on Tuesday that it had requested that the state’s attorney not press charges, and that the university would not be seeking restitution for the broken window. That request was not communicated to the prosecutor until after the court hearing, so another one was scheduled for July 26, when all charges will probably be dismissed, according to David Strollo, a supervisory assistant state’s attorney.
EFF THIS PAINTING!!!!