speak louder than words" - or even financial pledges.
is interesting to see among the companies who have pledged financial
support for the $8 million James Earl Ray Exhibit at the National Civil
Rights Museum, is Autozone:
this be the same Autozone, who in September 2000 were sued by the Equal
Employment Opportunity Council for discriminating against black and
female applicants in hiring and promotions.
lawsuit alleged "a pattern and practice of discrimination"
and charged that the company "acted with malice or reckless
indifference" to the rights of black and female employees.
statistics cited show:
a two year period, the following official/manager positions were filled.
Vacant Positions 59
Positions filled by black applicants 0
A position as Project manager was filled by a white male applicant
with less than three months experience. Unfortunately, a black male
applicant with a bachelor's degree in building construction technology
and six months experience was unsuccessful.
of male service workers hired 19
Number of female service workers hired 1
A female applicant with 12 years experience was turned down in
favor of a man with no prior experience.
of technicians hired by Autozone 64
Number of female technicians hired 17
A position of technical writer was filled by a man with no experience,
instead of a female applicant with "extensive experience".
EEOC is seeking a permanent injunction outlining policies and programs
that would stop any further discrimination.
is Autozone offering some kind of token gesture to the NCRM for alleged
past misdemeanors? Or are they desperate to improve the public's perception
of Autozone - It is interesting to read a leaflet from the NCRM which
states "Today...racial struggles persist ." They certainly
appear to do at Autozone.
way, this kind of corporate sponsorship merely underlines the fact that
the NCRM will accept money from any quarter to help finance this $8