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"Whites Only" bathroom persists in Alabama

Yes, in this day and age, there are still racially segregated bathrooms. Still think civil rights complaints shouldn't be "too easy" to prove, Mr. Roberts?
John Roberts, the nominee for Supreme Court Chief Justice who should from this day forth be known as the Artful Dodger, has a bit of a troubling record when it comes to supporting civil rights.

But this outrageous bit of news from Talk Left should remind him, and anyone else out there, that blatant racism is alive and well in the United States:
A lawsuit filed today alleges that Tyson Foods, Inc. is responsible for maintaining a segregated bathroom and break room, reminiscent of the Jim Crow era, in its Ashland, Alabama chicken processing plant. Twelve African-American employees filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, alleging that a “Whites Only” sign and a padlock denied them access to a bathroom in the Ashland plant. The complaint states that numerous white employees had keys to the bathroom that were not provided to African-American workers.

Rachel Neumann is Rights & Liberties Editor at AlterNet.
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