- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 5, 2014

Black employees at a Tennessee cotton gin, armed with several voice recordings, accused their white supervisor of constantly lobbing racial attacks against them, including designating a water fountain for “whites only” and threatening to hang them.

Untonia Harris and Marrio Mangrum who work at Atkinson Cotton Warehouse, have sued their former supervisor for what they say was months of racial abuse. It got so bad that Mr. Harris decided to start recording their conversations, CNN reported.

“I need to put a sign here that says, ‘white people only,’” a voice that is presumably the supervisor says in one of the recordings.

“What [will] they do when they catch me drinking your water?” Mr. Harris asks.

“That’s when we hang you,” the voice replied.

Another black employee, Marrio Mangrum, said he was subjected to racism, too.

“He would be like, ‘You need to think like a white man,’” Mr. Mangrum told a CBS affiliate.

The supervisor even reportedly compared black employees to monkeys and expressed support for the Jim Crow era.

“Back then, nobody thought anything about it,” the supervisor says in the recording. “Now, everybody is made to … think it’s bad.”

Federal Compress, the company that runs the warehouse, released a statement to ABC News saying it had “zero tolerance” for discrimination and that the supervisor was fired.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is currently investigating.

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