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Chicagoland Culver’s Employee Made A Racist KKK Display Out Of Cups

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The ex-employee said it was a joke and was fired

This racist display was left to taunt a black worker at a suburban Culver's.
This racist display was left to taunt a black worker at a suburban Culver's.
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A former employee at a Culver’s in south suburban Chicago has accused a former colleague of racial harassment when that ex-coworker left a Ku Klux Klan-inspired display meant for her to see. The former worker, who is African American, told ABC7 that when she came into work last month at a Culver’s in Orland Park that a coworker used cone cups to re-enact a KKK hanging, complete with a crucifix made of straws.

The 18-year-old manager in training predictably defended his racist actions and told Diamond Williams that it was a joke. The incident happened on July 16 at the store at 9130 159th St. in Orland Park. Paralyzed in shock, Williams waited two hours to report the incident to the restaurant’s general manager as the display remained.

The franchise owner told ABC7 that the incident was done without malice. The offending party was initially suspended and eventually fired. Meanwhile, Culver’s corporate delivered the usual boiler plate language in a statement that condemned the action, saying they’re investigating the incident.

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