Several former employees of Jimmy John’s have been fired over a racist video of a noose made out of bread dough. The incident took place at one of the shops in Georgia over the Fourth of July weekend. The four employees made the racist decision to perform a mock lynching using bread dough and filmed the action. During the video, one of the former employees who is white puts the noose around his neck and is hung by the other former employees.
The video was shared and Jimmy John’s was none too pleased with the racist action and promptly fired the workers. JJ put out a statement saying, “We have zero tolerance for racism or discrimination in any form. The franchisee has taken immediate action and the employees have been terminated. The actions seen in this video are completely unacceptable and do not represent the Jimmy John’s brand.”
According to local reporting, the manager at the location was also fired. The video is no doubt disturbing to watch as plenty of black Americans are still alive who can remember the days of lynching in the Jim Crow south. This history is not that far in the past and even now many allege that lynchings are still occurring. This year several black men have been found hanging from trees only to have their deaths ruled suicides. Many disagree with this finding and are calling for more thorough investigations. This video shows that the country still has a long way to go to defeat racism.
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Travis Earle is a veteran of the United States Navy and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. He serves as a politics writer for Hill Reporter. Travis@HillReporter.com