Friday, November 09, 2007

Whitey's Bathroom

I just can't pass up the opportunity to post this story. It seems that First Coast News has taken time out of their busy apartment fire covering schedule to look into allegations that there's a white-only bathroom at the Georgia Pacific plant in Brunswick, GA. The story looked a little ho-hum at first but when talking about supposedly broken toilets, the story had me at "where truckers come to weigh their logs." Apparently, white folks may use the "out of order" toilet but colored folks may not. Security guard Lisa Wagner claims "whites were invited to use the toilet." I have trouble believing that statement since it would involve someone inviting a trucker to use their bathroom but I'll leave that alone for now.

Lisa Woods, a former GP worker who first informed First Coast News of this dastardly discrimination, claims that "her co-worker, Anthony Lee, believed the races shouldn't mix." She has since been fired by the company.

"First Coast News Jeannie Blaylock went to the scale house with a photographer to find out. She flushed the toilet and it seemed to be working just fine." This brings us to the epic climax of the piece. It reminds me of a comment made once by a good friend of mine's father concerning American Idol: "The people who watch would watch anything. You could show a toilet flush and they'd watch it." Indeed.

Looking at both sides of the issue, even if there is a toilet that is supposedly out of order but in fact does work, I'm still not convinced racial discrimination is what allows some truckers to use the toilet but not others. The one thing that stood out to me is that the trucker who was denied use of the toilet was an independent. If I were betting money, I'd wager that if the toilet was only used by a select few, the GP workers regardless of race would be those few.

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