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Rep. Brad Schneider’s Staff’s Racist Treatment of Black Employee Should Remind Us of Lynching, Tuskegee, Ethnic Cleansing

By Joe Kopsick, Aquarian Agrarian

Three days ago – on July 15th, 2021 – a story about racially disparaging remarks, made by an employee of Democratic Illinois Congressman Brad Schneider named Karyn Davidman, made international headlines, as the DailyMail published an article titled “Black staffer for Democrat Rep. Brad Schneider SUES his office after her white supervisor told her to ‘get a rope and put it around her neck’ then ‘pigeon-holed’ her when she complained”.
     The article explains that, “According to the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Davidman relayed a story to [former staffer Patrice] Campbell regarding lanyards worn to secure face masks and used to guard against COVID-19 infection.”
     It continues, “During the March discussion, Davidman told Campbell, who is the only Black employee in Schneider’s office, according to the lawsuit, “You are going to have to get a rope and put it around your neck.”
     Presumably, Davidman told Campbell to use that rope as a lanyard, to secure his face mask. Campbell considered this remark to be racially insensitive, because the comment about a rope reminded her of lynchings of black people.

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