MOPERM, Travelers Insurance Support Racial Discrimination
African Americans ruled by fear? In Southwest Missouri, home of Joplin, MO this is the case. Unbeknownst to the rest of the country, a small business African American contractor completed the town’s three largest schools demolition projects after the devastating May 2011 tornado. Just in time for the President of the United States to arrive May 2012, graduation time. But by then, the contractor was gone, swept out of town.
Why? A black owned and operated small business contractor was less than desirable in the close-knit community of Joplin. The employees were harassed, belittled, and verbally abused, referred to as the “N” word, “N” lover, "wetbacks", and “boy” everyday. Daily, locals shouted “go home, get out of our town”. Threats of white supremacy groups greeting them on the jobsite. Vehicle windows shot out. Equipment fuel lines cut. And the worst, an attempted $10,000 contract killing.