One would think that this is a progressive trend. However, there are instances where steps forward can lead to issues that somehow make you feel like you are moving backwards.
Such is the case with this article.
Daphne Jones, of St. Louis, was employed by Healthcare Strategic Initiatives (HSI) until she was fired for wearing an offensive button that read "I love being black". The button was a gift from her mother that she has had since her childhood. At the time of the incident Ms. Jones was wearing multiple buttons on a her clothing to commemorate the Martin Luther King Holiday. Ms. Jones was then informed by HSI Human Resources that someone had complained about her button, saying that it was offensive. The Human Resources Manager, who was also a man of color, told Ms. Jones that the button could be likened to her wearing a button with a Swastica and that she should cease wearing it. He agreed that it was offensive.
The chain of events that followed that initial confrontation is what played into the company terminating her employment, but from my untrained eyes she has been treated unjustly. Aside from that, I can not believe they would compare her button as equal to one bearing a Swastica. I'm actually quite appaled that they would even attempt to make a connection like that.
Below, you will find a link with the full story. Please feel free to comment on the matter upon completion.
The St. Louis American: Black, Proud and Fired