Noose Worker Fired

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A worker at a Macon plant that makes paper board products has been fired for hanging a noose there.

Graphic Packaging Corporation has not identified the employee, who is white. But a company spokesman says the man was fired after an investigation showed he hung the noose on a paper machine at the company's south Macon plant last month.

The company's senior vice president for human resources, Wayne Juby, says he could not discuss the employee's motive for hanging the noose. Another employee at the shift change discovered the noose and took it down. Juby says he does not think it was directed at any particular person.

Juby says he believes it was a case of an individual who exhibited poor judgment. But he says the company finds such behavior deplorable. He says the noose was found September 29 and was reported to a manager October 3. The employee was fired Friday.

The Macon chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People issued a news release yesterday expressing gratitude that the matter had been resolved.

The noose has re-emerged as an inflammatory symbol in the wake of the so-called Jena Six case in Louisiana, where six black teenagers are accused of beating a white student. The incident happened after nooses were hung from a tree on a high school campus there.


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  • by tired Location: fl on Oct 24, 2007 at 05:56 PM
    I'm afraid you are going to be seeing a lot more of these things. I've worked on jobs with white, black, and a few other races,and there were always some kind of racist remarks flying,especially from the blacks about the whites,and of course the whites have to keep there mouth shut or lose their jobs. I was never racist, but the last few years, I'm starting to feel a lot of anger building up,and I'm not really sure who I'm angry with.I do not like racist remarks coming from anyone,yet I feel white people have to stay silent so they have to express their anger someway,before it builds into something more dangerous.My grandmother was asian,my greatgrandfaher was native american.Have I ever been discriminated against.HECK YEAH!!!! But never have I had to keep my opinions to myself like the whites. If they have to stay silent much longer nex't time you might find a neck in the noose.
  • by Bob Location: Perry on Oct 24, 2007 at 02:10 PM
    Now a noose is an "inflammatory symbol?" Good grief! What's next, fried chicken and watermelon? The world has gone mad.
  • by Ann Location: Tallahassee on Oct 24, 2007 at 11:18 AM
    My, My, I would say this white man's civil rights had been violated. Why don't all of us whites,blacks,etc., protest this.
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