A number of employees at an auto repair shop in Illinois have been fired in connection to racist videos which were filmed during working hours and posted on social media.
Chuck Nolan, longtime manager of the Sooper Lube shop in Joliet, announced that several of his employers have been fired after he was made aware of the videos which “in no way reflects the opinions and values of this company.”
In the clips, which were posted on Snapchat, the workers can be seen making a series of derogatory remarks against black and Hispanic people, as well as mocking one African American fellow employee.
One man filming the video asks another worker: “Illegal immigrants are people too, what do you have to say to them?”
“No the f*** they’re not,” he replies.
The worker also takes a shot of him flashing an O.K hand sign, a gesture which has recently been added the Anti-Defamation League’s database of hateful symbols due to its association with white supremacy.
Nolan wrote on Facebook: “First, I want to apologize to any and all persons who were offended by this video. I want to let all of you know that neither Sooper Lube, Inc. nor I will tolerate this kind of behavior, attitudes and opinions by any of our employees or management staff.
“Second, Sooper Lube, Inc. takes this matter very seriously and we will continue to provide the highest level of service and car care for our customers, for which we are know throughout the Joliet and Will County area.”
The video was reportedly brought to Nolan’s attention by Joliet Central High School social studies teacher Ernest Crim, who is also a public speaker and activist in the community, according to Patch.
In a statement while sharing the video, Crim praised the manager for immediately taking action against his employees.
“This is commendable, to me, because I’ve seen countless situations where employers make excuses for their employees waiting for an ‘investigation’ or whatever. Like I said yesterday about #AmberGuyger, this should be the norm; unfortunately it’s not,” he wrote on Facebook in reference to the Dallas Police officer recently found guilty of murdering a black man inside his own apartment.
“On another note, this incident sheds light on how institutional racism could operate. Had these ‘gentlemen’ not posted this online, they’d still have a job,” he added.
“People like this work in every industry in America and can impact our lives greatly; especially if they have jobs in our judicial system, schools or even as physicians. How do we know they didn’t discriminate against black and brown customers, for instance?”
Nolan has been the manager of the Sooper Lube business for the past 32 years.
Fans Celebrate #HOV50 and Share Favorite Jay Z Lyrics on Music Mogul’s 50th Birthday
In honor of Jay-Z’s 50th birthday, fans all across the globe flooded social media with warm messages of love and support.The hashtag #HOV50 began to trend early in the morning on Twitter on Wednesday as a result of the many well wishes from the longtime rappers’ fans.Fans opened up on some of their most memorable…
In honor of Jay-Z’s 50th birthday, fans all across the globe flooded social media with warm messages of love and support.
The hashtag #HOV50 began to trend early in the morning on Twitter on Wednesday as a result of the many well wishes from the longtime rappers’ fans.
Fans opened up on some of their most memorable moments involving the music mogul—whose birth name is Shawn Carter but is commonly referred to by fans as Hov, short for Hova. They also posted messages of the many ways Jay-Z has inspired them, including with hundreds of photos, gifs and video clips of him in action.
Many people used the Brooklyn native’s birthday to reflect on his work over the last three decades, listing their favorite albums, songs and guest features from the rapper.
Album rankings weren’t the only way fans recognized Jay-Z on his 50th birthday. Several people took to Twitter to commemorate the award-winning lyricist by sharing their favorite verses ever rapped by him. Classic Jay-Z lines from chart-toppers like “Hard Knock Life,” “Song Cry,” “Say Hello,” and his guest feature on Kanye West’s “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” were spotted on Twitter timelines.
Meanwhile, some fans said they’d celebrate Jay-Z’s birthday by listening to his lengthy discography all day long.
Jay-Z made listening to his catalog a whole lot easier for some of his fans when he re-released his entire catalog of music again on Spotify.
The Roc Nation founder removed much of his work from the platform in April 2017 to the dismay of many loyal listeners just ahead of the release of his latest album, 4:44.
At the time the move seemed like a ploy to get fans to subscribe to TIDAL, the music streaming service he owns and operates. Now, Spotify users will get to listen to all of Jay-Z’s albums and songs ranging from his 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt and so-called career retirement project The Black Album in 2003, his 2011 Watch the Throne collaboration album with West and several other staples.
Since he first emerged on the rap scene in the 1990s, fans have admired and praised Jay-Z for his many punchlines, thought-provoking lyrics and masterful storytelling. A natural wordsmith, he has kept listeners fascinated and moved with his ability to flow over a beat with grace and pizzaz—not to mention the fact that he creates hit after hit without writing his lyrics down.
It’s a long-known fact Jay-Z doesn’t write his albums but rather hits the studio with a few words already in mind before he jumps on a track. That habit sparked a number of younger singers and rappers following in his footsteps by not pre-writing lyrics to their songs.
“It just felt better [the way I do it now],” he said during a 2007 interview with MTV News. “In my mind, I said, ‘OK, I’m gonna sit down and I’m [going to] just write it and really do this thing a certain way.’ But your natural process is your process. It’s difficult to go back to what you was doing when you was 15, 16 years old. My process is different now. It sounds great on paper, like ‘I’m [going to] sit down, I’m going to write the entire album like I did before.’ But once you get back in the studio and you’ve been doing this process for years and years now, so it just felt natural to do it the way I’ve been doing it: no paper, no pen, just listen to the music.”
See more of how fans are celebrating Jay-Z’s birthday below.