In his lawsuit, firefighter Tennie Pierce, 51, said after he took a bite of the meal two years ago, he noticed other firefighters laughing. He demanded to know what was in the food after a second bite but nobody answered.
Pierce said he suffered retaliation for reporting the incident and verbal slurs, insults and derogatory remarks, including taunting by firefighters ''barking like dogs [and] asking him how dog food tasted,'' the lawsuit said.
David Wellman, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz hired by Pierce's attorney, said the association of a black man and dog food ''resonates with the deep historical roots of slavery and the corresponding dehumanization.''
''It's not just silly stuff. It's racially motivated,'' he said.
As part of the settlement, the two captains involved were given one month off without pay, and a firefighter was ordered off work for three days without pay.
''I truly hope that my case will make a difference for African-Americans in the Los Angeles Fire Department,'' Pierce said in a statement.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Black L.A. firefighter served dog food gets $2.7 million
This is so messed up. I was going to just link to this but no, I'll just post it and make sure this is seen. This seems like a practical joke, even if it was racially motivated. Have a look, this from a Sun-Times article...