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Another Martin faces race issue in US|
After the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin by Hispanic George Zimmerman was ignored in a Florida court in the United States, a black employee says he is dealing with explicit acts of racism at work in Missouri.
DeAndre Martin, who is working for Convergys in Arnold, Mo., said he received a crude drawing depicting a man hanging from a tree at his desk on July 11, the Huffington Post reported on Monday.
Another incident happened four days later when he went to his car in the company parking lot, he found the "n-word," and an image of a noose spray-painted on his car, he said.
“You see the N-word and then a big picture of a noose, and that's a big deal to me," Martin said. "The first time never should have happened, and the second time was over the top. It's always like a shock and awe but then suddenly anger sets in."
The company said the case is under investigation, adding that it "values individual differences" and seeks to "[foster] mutual respect and communication" throughout its workforce.
The latest race discrimination issue happened after the acquittal of neighborhood watchman Zimmerman, who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year, erupted nationwide protests across the US last weekend.
The 24-year-old Martin DeAndre said that the racist harassment was particularly disappointing in light of "current world events," possibly alluding to the acquittal of Zimmerman. "What perfect timing," Martin said.
The Zimmerman case has put the spotlight on issues such as race crime, racial profiling and justice under the law in the US.
According to a study titled “Operation Ghetto Storm” conducted by The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) and released in July 2012 “Every 28 hours someone inside the United States, employed or protected by the US government kills a Black child, woman or man.”
The organization initially recorded around 120 killings between January 1 and June 30, 2012, signifying that one black person was murdered every 36 hours. That number however rose to 313 by the end of the year, forcing the MXGM to update its findings to every 28 hours in their later report.
Other reports show a similar trend revealing that US laws make it easy for blacks to be killed without anyone being found guilty of murder.
According to an article written by John Roman and Mitchell Downey titled “Stand Your Ground Laws and Miscarriages of Justice” they shed light on the so-called “justified” homicides which seems to be the killings of black people by whites.
“We then looked for a scenario where homicides are justified more than half the time. It turns out that the scenario with the highest probability of being a justified homicide is much like the Martin case - a single, White civilian handgun shooter who is a stranger to (and older than) the Black victim. But even then, the shooting is found to be justified less than half the time.”