Black People : I can't believe this

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  1. Kingpin

    Kingpin Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Saw this story and wanted to bring it to everyones attention. What are your thoughts on this story and what do you think the outcome will be? I personnally can't believe this is happening in our community.
    http://colorblind.typepad.com/the_colorblind_society/colorism/


    Black Sues Black for Racism By Alex P. Kellogg, BET.com Staff Writer

    Posted August 14, 2003 -- In an increasingly common racial discrimination case, a Black man won a settlement against another Black man for being degraded because of his skin color.

    A dark-skinned Black waiter at an Applebee's restaurant near Atlanta alleged that his light-skinned Black supervisor was discriminating against him. To settle the suit, the company paid him $40,000.

    Dwight Burch, a former employee, accused his manager at the Jonesboro, Ga., restaurant of repeatedly referring to him as a "tar baby" and "Black monkey" during his three months at the restaurant. Burch also alleged in his suit that his manager told him to bleach his skin and that he was fired when he threatened to report the man to officials at Applebee's headquarters.

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission helped settle the "color discrimination" lawsuit, saying that such cases are on the rise. The number of cases involving allegations of skin-tone discrimination jumped from 413 in fiscal year 1994 to 1,382 in 2002, according to the EEOC. About 20 of the complaints filed during that time period have led to lawsuits, while most of the rest have been settled out of court. They currently comprise roughly 3 percent of the 85,000 cases the agency gets annually.

    Burch experienced what Black scholars refer to as "colorism," discrimination within the Black community that goes back to the days of slavery in the United States, when Blacks with lighter complexions often received better treatment, such as less-demanding jobs and work in the master's house, while those with darker skin had to toil in the fields.

    In a statement, the EEOC noted that Applebee's has added a protection against skin-tone discrimination to its anti-discrimination policies. Applebee's also agreed to provide employees cultural sensitivity training and to report any similar complaints of discrimination at its Georgia restaurants for the next year and a half.

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    How serious is the issue of "colorism" in the Black community?
     
  2. panafrica

    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Kingpin it is against forum rules to post an entire article without permission. You are allow to highlight the article, and follow that with a link to where you got it. Please edit your post.
     
  3. Kingpin

    Kingpin Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    sorry for the breach in the rules will not let it happen again.... :1on1:
     
  4. karmashines

    karmashines Banned MEMBER

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    Uh, just because the perpetrator of racism isn't white doesn't mean that a black person or anybody else for that matter shouldn't seek justice. If what this article says is true, the waiter has every right to sue for damages. It doesn't make any sense that someone would have to undergo that type of treatment at work, ESPECIALLY from a fellow black person!
     
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    karmashines Banned MEMBER

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    What is it you are having trouble grasping, the 'colorism' complex or a black man suing another black man for racism? Aren't you aware that the issue of colorism isn't something new in the black community?
     
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    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    If he isn't a member of the black community, I would imagine that this would all be news to him!
     
  7. Kingpin

    Kingpin Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I understand colorism has been a terrible problem since the beginning of slavery, what I have a hard time understanding is one black sueing another black for "racism" I dont understand how that is possible. I can see a hostile work environment but racism??
     
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    karmashines Banned MEMBER

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    Yes, it is racism, because the manager was clearly discriminating against the waiter's color. It doesn't matter that he wasn't white.
     
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    why do people respond to white posters trolling and lurking here?
    it's a waste of every one's time. :skillet:
     
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    indya Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Give him a break James, he did say in another thread that he's bi-racial.

    Colorism is something that needs to be addressed.
     
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