An African-American baby doll hanging from a noose was found in the New York City Parks Department office.
A worker named Geoffrey Croft talked about the incident on his blog (www.awalkintheparknyc.blogspot.com). On it, he said, “There should be zero tolerance for this kind of behavior at any time…Obviously the imagery is pretty terrible and from what I understand, the worker who found it is pretty traumatized.”
The doll was dressed in bright pink and was hung by a noose made of metal chains in front of the loading dock. This area is only accessible by department workers. The letters “KKK” were also found on the bathroom walls.
This isn’t the first time a racist act has occurred in the office. In 2008, the department settled a lawsuit for 20 million dollars that was filed by employees who felt the work environment was racially hostile.
The Parks Department Commissioner released a statement on December 20 about the noose incident. The statement discussed that the Parks Department does not tolerate this type of behavior and that if anyone knows who did this, to contact the NYPD.