Man wants action against hate crime at work
ARNOLD, MO (KTVI)– DeAndre Martin says he`s fed up. The 24-year-old showed up to work at Convergys in Arnold on July 11th and saw a racist drawing on his desk. Martin found a picture of a person hanging from a tree. Days later it got worse. On Monday night he clocked out went to his car and discovered a second racist message spray painted all over his car. He says what makes it more shocking is that it happened in the company parking lot.
“You see the N-word and then a big picture of a noose that`s a big deal a big deal to me. The first time never should’ve happened and the second time was over the top. It`s always like a shock and awe but then suddenly anger sets in,” said Martin.
Martin also says management did not act on the issue and he wants them to change the culture of his workplace.
“The way our world is today I mean with current world events it just does not look good not at all, what perfect timing,” he said.
FOX 2 contacted corporate management who released the following statement:
“We have received a complaint from an employee that includes disturbing images. These images in no way reflect the Convergys` culture. Please be assured that we are taking the allegation very seriously and it`s under active investigation.”
Now all Martin wants is resolution to an issue he says has gotten way out of control. He spent over $300 to get his car cleaned.
“I want something this traumatic to be noticed, something has to change I mean immediately. In my family our goal is to go as far as we can and be the best people we can be. It’s important to treat each other the way we want to be treated that`s our goal in life,” he said.