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02/10/15 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Black Fire Captain Who Allegedly Called Firefighter “Little White Boy” Loses Job

Black Fire Captain Who Allegedly Called Firefighter “Little White Boy” Loses Job

The Denver fire captain who allegedly called a white firefighter “a little white boy” has been terminated on the grounds that he’s an unprofessional bully.

Capt. Harold Johnson was accused by his Denver Fire Department supervisors of mistreating his subordinates and being more concerned with himself than his team. In an interview with CBS Denver, Johnson denied the allegations.

“Your repeated use of racial epithets; your pornographic and sophomoric comments at work; your demeaning treatment of women; your commitment to your personal cellphone over your duty to your crew and citizens; and your inability to tell the truth have no place in the Denver Fire Department of the Department of Safety,” read the termination letter sent to Johnson on Tuesday.

Johnson served with the department for 21 years and when asked about the allegations, said “Nothing is further from the truth.”

According to the letter, Johnson’s actions “could have led to disastrous results for you and your crew. Contrary to departmental policies, you left active EMS scenes to use your cellphone for personal calls. According to your coworkers, you either left the building or made these personal calls in close proximity to crew members and persons being assisted. On other occasions, you made and received personal phone calls while on a fire rig responding to a call. When you engaged in this conduct, you were inattentive and unavailable to assist others with their work”.

Johnson admits to using his work cell phone to make personal calls when his son was going through a rough time, but denies the other allegations.

“I never put my crew in danger — never,” said Johnson.

The letter also points to a racial component to Johnson’s firing, allegations that he referred to white firefighters  as “little white boy” at least 10 times.

“In addition to calling a Caucasian firefighter ‘little white boy,’ you doubled down on your unprofessionalism toward your colleague by telling this firefighter to go to the store to buy you chocolate crumb cake,” the letter read.

According to the letter, the department tried to correct Johnson’s behavior with a performance improvement plan in 2010.

Johnson claims the department is trying to “rid black men from positions of power. Its systematic.”

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01/10/15 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

“Thank You…for Picking All That Cotton”: EEOC Sues Hotel Over Alleged Racial Harassment of Employees

“Thank You…for Picking All That Cotton”: EEOC Sues Hotel Over Alleged Racial Harassment of Employees

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing the management company that operates a Marriott Hotel for failing to stop racial comments made to black employees.

John Q. Hammons Hotel Management violated federal civil rights laws by failing to stop a pattern of offensive racial comments and conduct directed at black employees at a Normal, Ill., Marriott Hotel that the company operates, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today,” read a Wednesday press release.

According to the EEOC, an investigation revealed that black employees were called racial slurs and subjected to comments about slavery and other inflammatory language.

One black employee was reportedly told, “Thank you for your contribution to America for picking all that cotton.” 

“Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits workplace discrimination (including harassment) on the basis of race.  The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process,” the EEOC writes.

“As soon as an employer becomes aware of any kind of discriminatory harassment in the workplace, the employer must act – and must act promptly,” said John Hendrickson, EEOC’s regional attorney in Chicago.  “That is the law, and the EEOC will hold employers accountable if they if they don’t live up to that responsibility.”

 

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14/09/15 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw

Black Kids Get Less Pain Medicine Than White Kids in Emergency Rooms

Black Kids Get Less Pain Medicine Than White Kids in Emergency Rooms

In America many non-black people claim to be colorblind, but the data suggests otherwise.

A study by Dr. Monika Goyal of the Children’s National Health System in Washington and peers, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Pediatrics, found that black kids get less pain medicine than their white counterparts when visiting the emergency room for acute appendicitis.

Although pain medication is recommended for the condition, researchers reported on Monday that black kids were less likely to be treated with pain medicine.

“Black patients with moderate pain were less likely to receive any analgesia, and black patients with severe pain were less likely to be treated with opioids,” Dr. Goyal said.

From NBC News:

The researchers used national survey data from 2003 to 2010, covering more than 900,000 children with acute appendicitis. They thought studying appendicitis would be a good starting point since there’s broad agreement among experts that it’s a condition that merits pain relief.

 

Only 57 percent of the kids got anything for their pain in the emergency department, they found, and only 41 percent got an opioid drug. And just 12 percent of black children got an opioid drug for pain.

“Our findings suggest that there are racial disparities in opioid administration to children with appendicitis,” Goyal’s team wrote.

“Our findings suggest that although clinicians may recognize pain equally across racial groups, they may be reacting to the pain differently by treating black patients with nonopioid analgesia, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, while treating white patients with opioid analgesia for similar pain.”

Researchers also note that medical professionals fear giving opioids to children since there’s a danger of overdose and dependence.

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03/09/15 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Apparently, Nobody Knows Who Torched and Spray Painted the “N” Word on Black Woman’s Car

Apparently, Nobody Knows Who Torched and Spray Painted the “N” Word on Black Woman’s Car

Apparently, Virginia police are all out of clues in the case of a 54 year old black woman whose car was torched and vandalized.

The woman, who had recently moved from South Carolina to Roanoke, found her 2014 Ford Escape burned and the “N” word spray painted along the side, according to The Roanoke Times.

It happened on the morning of Aug. 3, according to Lee Coleman, who rented a downstairs part of his duplex to the woman.

“I just cannot imagine something like this happening,” he said. “I called some of my [landlord] buddies, and they’ve never heard of anything like it either.”

The unnamed woman, who said the racial attack petrified her, has since moved out.

“She was a sweet, kind person . . . terrified to remain in her home,” said Coleman.

“From a landlord’s standpoint, she was an ideal tenant,” he said. “She had very nice furniture. She dressed nicely. She had a nice car.”

Coleman says he’s just never seen anything like this in his quiet community.

“I just cannot imagine something like this happening,” he said. “I called some of my [landlord] buddies, and they’ve never heard of anything like it either.”

According to Roanoke Times journalist Dan Casey, who interviewed the woman after the arson, she was considering a move back to South Carolina.

When Casey spoke with the woman last month, she told him she works as a home health care aide for disabled adults and has two grown kids. She moved to Roanoke to be closer to her son, who works as a machinist in the town.

Although police are investigating the arson as a hate crime, no one has been charged.

 

 

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02/09/15 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Activists Call for Removal of White Coroner Who Pulled Gun on Black Neighbor

Activists Call for Removal of White Coroner Who Pulled Gun on Black Neighbor

Activists are calling on South Carolina’s governor to remove Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet after the coroner, who is white, pulled a gun on an unarmed black neighbor.

Nisbet admits to pulling the gun on neighbor Leroy Fulton, but said he’d been drinking at the time. Fulton claims that in addition to brandishing a firearm, Nisbet used racial slurs.

Here’s What led to the incident, according to the The Post and Courier.

Nisbet has insisted that he saw Fulton point a gun at a repo man who showed up on North Palmetto Street to get Fulton’s pickup. Fulton drove off, and Nisbet chased him.

Cutting off Fulton’s truck with his county SUV, Nisbet said he drew his gun and stepped out to confront Fulton. That’s when, according to Fulton, Nisbet used racial comments.

Officers soon arrived and ordered Nisbet to drop his gun. He complied after 13 seconds and about seven commands, according to police video.

In a letter, civil rights activists have demanded that Gov. Nikki Haley to remove Nisbet.

“We believe the actions of Mr. Nisbet were egregious and violate his oath of office and caused great harm to the office to which he was elected,” the letter read. “His actions demonstrated a gross lack of judgment and even more disturbing racist views of his constituents.”

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident.

Nisbet has served in his position for two decades.

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