This blog’s “Real Racism” series has had some pretty sickening installments. But I don’t remember any that turned my stomach the way this did.
Excerpted from Doug Stanglin’s article in USA Today:
A white South Carolina restaurant manager has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for enslaving a black worker with an intellectual disability for five years, forcing him to work more than 100 hours a week without pay and frequently beating him with a belt, the Justice Department said Thursday.
On one occasion, according to the Department of Justice, Bobby Paul Edwards, the manager of J&J Cafeteria in Conway, South Carolina, “dipped metal tongs into hot grease and burned the victim’s neck” for failing to deliver fried chicken to the buffet quickly.
Edwards “yelled at the victim and used racial slurs to belittle and demean him,” the Justice Department said in announcing the sentencing.
I don’t have the words to express the revulsion I feel about this, both from a racial standpoint and a generic humanitarian one (would he have done the same with a similarly impaired White man? We’ll never know.)
I hope that 10 years is the maximum sentence for this depravity on legs…because if it isn’t, I’m outraged that he wasn’t given less.
I also hope this sack of manure serves every day. of his sentence. No time off for “good behavior” or anything else.
And I only wish that, when he gets out 10 years from now, he could be forced to spend the rest of his life doing menial work at a Black-owned restaurant.
Real racism. It can come in any form from any source. No group is immune to it or from it. Certainly not a “man” like this, who makes me ashamed to be of the same species.