Jul 13, 2016 08:58 AM EDT
Yale University News: A Black Dishwasher Losses Job After Breaking "Racist, Very Degrading" Stained-Glass Panel; Yale Employee Appears In Court
A Yale dishwasher lost his job after he broke a stained-glass panel, depicting slaves.
Corey Menafee, a former dishwasher in Calhoun College's dining hall, was disappointed with the depiction of the stained-glass panel in the residential college's dining hall. Menafee was interviewed by the New Haven Independent, and he told the media publication, "It's 2016, I shouldn't have to come to work and see things like that."
The African-American dishwasher lost his cool when he smashed the stained-glass panel, and he lost his job as well after the incident. Before the stained-glass smashed into pieces, it depicted an image of slaves carrying bales of cotton.
Menafee said he used a broomstick to strike the stained-glass. He told the publication that he was tired of looking at "racist, very degrading" image.
The Yale police responded to the incident and they arrested the dishwasher. Now, the former Yale employee is facing a felony charge. On Monday, July 11, the university announced they cut ties with Menafee.
Menafee appeared at New Haven Superior Court as he has been charged with felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor reckless, on Tuesday, July 11, and he did not enter a plea, The Star reported. Meanwhile, outside the court, some protesters rallied at New Haven Superior Court in New Haven Conn., demanding justice for the 38-year-old employee.
When he exited the court, the former employee told the media that although he should not have done it, he was upset to see the image of the window he broke, thus making his cool lost.
Although the university announced they cut ties with the former employee, they released a statement that they do not want to pursue prosecution (of Corey), and they are not seeking any restitution. According to Yale, Menafee apologized and then resigned after the incident.
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