Arkansas tie — and race — noted in industrialist who stood by Donald Trump | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Arkansas tie — and race — noted in industrialist who stood by Donald Trump

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 9:39 AM

An Arkansas angle emerged in the story about industrialists leaving a presidential advisory council on account of Donald Trump's response to the hate march in Charlottesville.

The Center for Investigative Reporting noted that a big steel producer with operations in Arkansas stuck with Trump.

On behalf of Nucor Corp. CEO John Ferriola, a spokesperson condemned the “hate, bigotry, and racism” in Charlottesville, Virginia, but said, “We will continue to serve as a member of the White House Manufacturing Jobs Initiative.”

Nucor has other ties to Trump: Its former CEO Dan DiMicco served as Trump’s senior trade adviser and held a leadership role on the presidential transition team. As many critiqued the president’s comments equating white supremacists with those opposing them, DiMicco retweeted messages of support for Trump.

Nucor also has a history with hate, bigotry and racism, court records show.
The article recounts a 2009 federal jury award of $1.2 million to six Arkansas black steelworkers who claimed Nucor had reacted with malice or indifference about a racially hostile workplace.

At trial, one worker said the harassment made him feel like “less than a man. Less than a person. Embarrassed. Shamed.”
DiMicco got particular attention:

DiMicco, before he became CEO, directly managed that Arkansas plant when some of the blatant racism allegedly occurred. Two black workers testified that they complained to DiMicco but that little came of it.

One said DiMicco even listened to a tape recording of a supervisor saying black workers were called “lazy-ass and working-class niggers.” The worker said DiMicco confiscated the tape, scolded him for recording it and failed to follow through on a promise that he wouldn’t have to continue working with the man who used racial epithets.
The company didn't comment.

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