We’d all like to feel safe at our local Walmart but what happens when you are working in the context of an increasing wave of crime or racially-motivated intolerance?
This week The Atlantic covered the plight of Walmart associate Stephany Jackson, who was detained by police and questioned for twelve hours over a credit card dispute. Jackson, who is black, worked at the store as a cashier until May when she was asked to move locations because a new policy put a permanent fixture in her previous space that a “better fit” needed to be hired. At the time, employees said the move was racially motivated and punished black employees.
Since Jackson left the store in May, she says she’s been harassed and called slurs. She’d previously received threats, and after returning to work, she says a black colleague was also threatened.
Jackson says the workers pushing to move her had not received mandatory training on hate crimes. She explained she was especially hurt because she’d actually been harassed as a child because of her race.