Do You Remember Paris ?
This shot was taken in front of the court house as ku klux klan members attack Black marchers at the Paris Texas – Lamar County Courthouse in November 2008. Please notice that the Police are doing nothing what so ever.
Welcome To Paris Y’all..
We Do Remember it All. You see Paris has been a Texas hotbed of racism for quite a while. we first wrote about it in connection to the Brandon McClelland Murder in 2008. The county is so racist, even in 2008 White Men are NEVER Convicted unless there is Photographic and DNA Evidence presented to the outside investigators; who then protect the case and the evidence. People and Evidence both show that the local police and county sheriffs are all clearly involved in this climate of Hate and Violence that prevails today, in Paris Texas. This Proves that Paris Texas IS a very Hateful Place – even in 2010 nothing has changed. Like the reporters say, it’s like stepping back into George Wallaces’ Mississippi of the 1960′s.
This is the latest bit of trash from this troubled town. hopefully now the culture of racism can start to be examined and the culprits locked away.
There is no room for this is America 2010 Citizens.
“East Texas is Mississippi 50 years ago. This case will begin to help us unravel the history of discrimination and bigotry throughout East Texas,” he said. Paris is about 110 miles northeast of Dallas. The Rev. Peter Johnson, a state civil rights leader, said the problems reported at the Turner plant reflect a “culture of discrimination” that lingers in East Texas.
(please click the title to go to cnn to read the entire story and see all the videos. this is only a clip from the whole piece, which is well worth the visit)
Dallas, Texas (CNN) — African-American workers at a Texas pipe factory endured a string of racial slurs and harassment and were targeted by their managers when they complained, federal investigators have determined.
Black employees at the Turner Industries plant in Paris, Texas, regularly “were subjected to unwelcome racial slurs, comments and intimidation, racial graffiti, nooses in the workplace and other symbols of discrimination,” the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported.
Black workers also were denied promotions and disciplined more harshly than whites, the agency concluded in a three-page letter in late March. Managers at the plant not only were aware of a “hostile environment,” they also targeted workers who complained and disciplined white employees who opposed the harassment, the EEOC found.
The EEOC has called on Turner Industries, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to join talks aimed at producing a “just resolution” to the problems. The company said its plant “is free from any form of discrimination, retaliation, or any other workplace conduct that violates the law.”
“We are disappointed that the EEOC has issued this determination and strongly disagree with the EEOC’s findings,” Michael Phelps, Turner Industries’ vice president for human resources, said in a written statement.
Lawyers for the seven Turner employees who went to the EEOC displayed photographs of the slurs, of hanging nooses and threatening notes left for employees at the Paris plant during a news conference Wednesday. One of those employees, Dontrail Mathis, told reporters that he was frequently called racially inflammatory names and that most African-American employees were relegated to the paint shop.
Mathis, a painter’s helper, said one co-worker who found out he was married to a white woman told him, “In the Bible, it says that white women shouldn’t mix with monkeys.” When he called Turner’s corporate office to complain about that incident, he heard nothing back, Mathis said.
“I tried to back away from it. It kept going and going and coming and coming,” he said.
Jason Milligan, a former night foreman at the plant, said his bosses “more or less wanted me to do their dirty work.”
“I watched certain people more than I did the others, to see if I could get anything on them that could be used against them,” he said. But he said he was fired after he refused to sign an affidavit accusing a Turner employee of theft — a man he believed had been “set up.”
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