Sandra Bland: White Hotel Supervisor Fired for Hanging Black ‘Slave Doll’ by Plastic Bag at Work
An unidentified white female supervisor at a Kansas City, Missouri hotel was fired last Friday for allegedly hanging a Black ‘slave doll’ by a plastic bag from a doorway in the employee break room at an Adam’s Mark hotel in an apparent mocking of the recent jail suicide by Black female Sandra Bland in Texas. Bland’s case has attracted national publicity and has become part of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement that protests the deaths of unarmed Black men and women while involved in the criminal justice system.
The hanging of the doll was first publicized by attorney Stacey Shaw who posted a photo to Twitter on Monday.
— Attorney Stacy Shaw (@StacyShawLaw) July 27, 2015
“White supervisor hangs black slave doll w/ plastic bag noose @ Adams Mark Hotel. #BlackTwitter #SandraBland #retweet”
KCTV-TV reported on the incident:
“A white female supervisor for the upscale Adam’s Mark hotel allegedly hung a “slave doll” from a noose in an employee break area, according to a Kansas City attorney, who sent her allegations to media outlets after regular business hours on Monday.”
…”KCTV5 contacted the hotel for comment Monday night.
“John Parker, the general manager of the hotel, sent KCTV5 the following statement following the publication of this story:
“This isolated incident is completely inconsistent with the values and culture of the Adam’s Mark Hotel Kansas City. This disturbing occurrence took place late Tuesday evening, July 21st. When brought to the attention of management the following day, an investigation was initiated. Immediately following the investigation, the employee was terminated, Friday, July 24th, prior to the start of their next shift. The Adam’s Mark Kansas City is committed to maintaining a positive working environment free of unlawful harassment.”
KCTV reported the photo was taken July 21 by a concerned employee who posted it on social media and took it Shaw.
“”This photo was given to us by our client who was extremely upset by the incident and I applaud him for his bravery in coming forward to address this injustice,” Shaw said. “We’re asking the community to be supportive in standing up to intolerance and racism in our city and our country.””