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hatecrimeHOUSTON-Was a hate crime committed against Black employees at Atlas Copco Compresssors?

A noose found by Black employees and it has raised fears about whether Blacks can work safely in a potentially hostile environment.

“We are concerned about the racial intimidation of African-American men trying to work at a job,” said Houston Activist Quannel X. “Nothing was done. It wasn’t even taken down after it was reported.”

The noose was discovered hanging from a piece of equipment by employee Jeremee Molo who thought telling fellow employees about the noose hanging would result in its removal.

When he got no action, he took the matter to the human resources department and filed a complaint.

Human Resources took the complaint, but nothing was done about it and despite it being reported, the department did not immediately act on his report and the noose remained hanging for several days without being taken down.

The Human Resource Department at Atlas Copco was contacted several times by the African-AmericanNews&Issues to comment on the incident and to offer any update on any actions, but failed to do so.

According to business encyclopedia, Atlas Copco is a Swedish industrial company that was founded in 1873. It manufactures industrial tools and equipment.

The Atlas Copco Group is a global industrial group of companies headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.

The company at this site employs about 40 workers. Of those, four are African-Americans, Quannel X said.

African Americans and others more than the noxious hangman’s noose. Nooses show support for the days of segregation and subjugation, epitomizing the essence of discrimination. The noose not only symbolizes racism, but also served as the actual murder implement for the lynching of people because of the color of their skin.

The NAACP said in its racism report that “The hangman’s noose is a symbol of the racist, segregation-era violence enacted on blacks. … it is an unmistakable symbol of violence and terror that whites used to demonstrate their hatred for blacks

Quannel X also added that both the action and untimely response of the company shows little respect and value for African-American employees.

“This incident is negligence on the part of company officials,” he said. “African-American employees are not valued. If so, the company would have taken quicker action to demonstrate their  zero tolerance policy for racist actions against any employee regardless of race, creed, color or gender preference.”

Quannel X is calling for an outside agency to come in and review the incident.

In the meantime, African-American employees are uncertain about the company’s commitment to their safety and well being, he said.

“African-American working at AtlasCopco have lost all confidence and faith in human resources,” he said.