Someone hung a foot-long noose inside a Boeing 787 plant and the aerospace company called the sighting “cowardly.”
Boeing officials confirmed to Yahoo Lifestyle the discovery of a noose in its North Charleston plant in South Carolina after a company email on Thursday vaguely named the item a “racially-charged symbol.”
The story was first reported by Charleston, South Carolina, news station WCSC and The Post and Courier. The latter publication said the noose, found hanging in Boeing’s aft-body building, was one-foot long and made of nylon.
#breaking @weareboeingsc confirms a noose was found at Charleston plant that builds the 787. “I am saddened and angered that a racially-charged symbol was discovered on site…there is absolutely no place for racism and these cowardly acts” VP Brad Zaback wrote in msg to staff.
— Kris Van Cleave (@krisvancleave) March 1, 2019
Boeing sent Yahoo Lifestyle a Thursday email from Brad Zaback, 787’s vice president and general manager addressed to all Boeing South Carolina employees.
“I am saddened and angered that a racially-charged symbol was discovered on site,” Zaback reportedly wrote. “Diversity and inclusion are core to Boeing’s enduring values, and there is absolutely no place for racism and these cowardly acts in society and especially in our company. We all have the responsibility to live according to our values and Boeing Behaviors in ways that are inclusive for all, and this type of behavior will not be tolerated.”
“Along with the entire BSC leadership team and all teammates across our company, we take these matters very seriously. We have already launched a thorough investigation, and will take all appropriate and necessary action,” he wrote. “I appreciate the courage and candor of our teammates for bringing issues forward that do not align with our company values. And, I would encourage anyone who has information related to the incident to come forward to me directly, or by contacting your manager, HR or our Ethics Helpline.
Zaback wrote, “What makes our culture so special is the rich diversity and cultural heritage of our teammates. I am very proud of that, and I know that it is what makes us better as a team. We will work through this, and I appreciate all of you looking out for each other. Thanks for all that you do.”
The North Charleston Police Department didn’t return a records request from Yahoo Lifestyle.
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