NAACP officials are denouncing what they call continued racism at an Amazon warehouse construction site in Connecticut where an eighth noose has been found
Another noose was found at the site in Windsor on Wednesday morning, the day of a scheduled meeting between workers and NAACP officials about safety and security, said Scot X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut NAACP organization.
We have a serious problem in American and it hasnt gone away, Esdaile said. It’s deplorable. Its sickening. Its a sick mindset that Black people have to fight against.
Amazon closed the site over the weekend, saying it was putting additional security measures in place after a seventh noose was found last week. The company closed the site again Wednesday to allow the FBI to investigate after the new noose was found under some electrical materials, Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said in a statement.
Hate, racism or discrimination have no place in our society and are certainly not tolerated in any Amazon workplace,” Nantel said. “We will continue to work with all levels of law enforcement as well as our development partners, to hold the perpetrators accountable and ensure that all members of our community feel valued, respected and safe.
A message was left Wednesday for Windsor police, who also have denounced the nooses and called them potential hate crimes.
Windsor police have been working with the FBI and state police to try to identify those responsible for the nooses, the first of which was found at the site last month. A $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identification of the culprits.
Gov. Ned Lamont called the nooses racist provocation of the worst type.
Associated Press writer Pat Eaton-Robb contributed to this report.