General Motors Issues Public Statement for Lawsuit filed in April 2017 by 8 Black Supervisors in Toledo, Ohio | Black Voice News
Andrea Baldrias / Contributor In April 2017, a lawsuit was filed by eight Black supervisors at the GM's Toledo Powertrain plant in Ohio. The supervisors reported that they were the recipients of racist threats, both verbal and symbolic. Over the course of fourteen months, the GM workers would refer to their supervisors as "boy," "monkey," and the n-word. They marked the bathrooms as "Whites only," and told them to "go back to Africa." At this same workplace, the supervisors were cautioned that a White colleague's father was in the Ku Klux Klan and the White workers wore shirts with Nazi symbols underneath their coveralls, and eventually placed a total of five nooses around January 2017. Around the time of lawsuit being filed, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission had stated that GM management took minimal action and showed very little recourse after learning about the racism in their plant. CNN had spoken with two of the eight supervisors, Marcus Boyd and Derrick Brooks. Boyd recalled the