Race and Ethnicity

Grandson of civil rights icon sues over racist workplace harassment

Ed Pilkington, The Guardian

White and black man face one another via ArTono / Shutterstock

In November 2008, when Barack Obama made his famous election night victory speech in Chicago’s Grant Park, he invoked the story of a black woman who had lived through a century of struggle that had culminated with the first African American president.

Ann Nixon Cooper was then 106. In all those years, Obama said, she had experienced “the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress”.

The story of Ann Nixon Cooper has now taken a bitter turn. The terrible discrimination she endured in the segregated south of her youth – the name-calling, the bigotry, the persistent harassment – appears to have made a reappearance, directed this time against her grandson.

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