Black woman sits in a class along with racist chanting the “N” word 4/26/2019 (LONDON)

A black cleaner had to take time off work with stress after taking part in a diversity training course where the N-word was repeatedly shouted out.

Theresa Georges was racially harassed by the episode, an employment tribunal has ruled.

She had been working at a housing association in South Wales for two months when she was told to attend the course.

Trainer Lisa Hearn wrote the racist words ‘n*****’ and ‘P***’ on a flipchart. She then asked all 16 of those taking part, of whom Miss Georges was the only black person, to shout out derogatory words that came to mind.

As Miss Hearn went around the room she noted down the words chosen from the board and put ticks next to any that were uttered more than once, the Cardiff hearing was told.

The housing association argued that the exercise was intended to highlight that these words ‘were not to be used under any circumstances’.

But employment judge Alison Frazer said: ‘The word n***** was shouted out three times … the claimant was the only black person in the room and as such, she felt under pressure to say the “N” word but instead offered the word “cabbage”.’

Miss Georges was uncomfortable using this term, which is offensive to those with mental disabilities.

The judge, sitting with two colleagues, unanimously upheld the cleaner’s claim against her employer for racial harassment under the Equality Act.

In a written ruling, Judge Frazer said: ‘We accept that the use of the full “N-word” by the trainer and by the three others in the course had the effect of creating a degrading and offensive environment for the claimant and of violating her dignity.

‘The “N-word” is by its very nature a deeply loaded word with distressing racial connotations which, we find, would necessarily have caused the claimant to feel deeply offended and uncomfortable.’ After the hearing, Miss Georges said: ‘It was awful, I couldn’t believe what was happening. The whole scenario was offensive, pointless and crude.

‘There was no meaning to it, I don’t know what the trainer was trying to achieve.’

Miss Georges, who has remained out of work since, added: ‘I’ve done lots of diversity training in the past and never been subjected to an exercise like that.’


The cleaner was employed by the Pobl Group Ltd from January 4 to March 23 last year at its Clarence Place hostel in Newport. As part of her induction training she attended the diversity course at its main premises nearby on March 8.

The judge said the underlying purpose was entirely appropriate, but the chosen method of delivery was ‘a risky strategy’.

After the course Miss Georges felt in a state of shock. She was signed off work with stress after seeing her GP.

The following Monday she called her line manager Kirsty Thomas and said she was unable to come in because of the the effect of the training.

A week later, she wrote a letter of complaint to the company’s human resources team. This was later rejected. Miss Georges wrote: ‘She seemed to fixate on the N and P-words.

‘As we were going round the room I heard the N-word shouted out three times. I cannot express how uncomfortable I was feeling. It was as if I felt that everyone was waiting for me to say the N-word.’

The tribunal judges ruled that the delegates had no choice but to attend the training, adding: ‘We find that [the] encouragement to say words that were deeply offensive was a crude and unnecessary way of delivering the training.’

Pobl Group said it recognised that the exercise ‘was inappropriate’. It apologised to Miss Georges and said it had made changes. The amount of compensation has yet to be set.

Obama is the Worst President Since World War II, Poll Says 4/26/2019

More Americans consider Barack Obama to be the worst President since World War II than they do any other president, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac poll out Wednesday found that 33% of Americans see Obama as the worst post-war president, while just 8% consider him the best. Another 28% see former President George W. Bush as the worst. Richard Nixon, the only American President ever to resign in disgrace, was picked the worst by 13%, according to the poll.

Ronald Reagan was the most common answer among those surveyed for the best President since World War II, with 35% choosing the Republican icon. Another 18% chose Bill Clinton, and 15% chose John F. Kennedy.

And 45% of Americans think the U.S. would be better off if Mitt Romney had been elected President in 2012, according to the poll, while 38% think the country would be worse off.

The survey of 1,446 registered voters, conducted June 24-30, had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

What in the heck is going on in Baltimore!!! a black Mayor forced to resign because of a black children’s book she wrote 4/26/2019

Catherine Pugh published the first book in her popular “Healthy Holly” literary series nearly 15 years ago. But on Thursday morning the FBI raided her home and several other properties linked to the Baltimore mayor and potentially related to the book series that promoted the health of Black children.

It was the latest twist to a scandal in a city which has already long struggled with police leadership stability amid a steadily high crime rate.

One day earlier, acting Mayor Jack Young fired three of Pugh’s staffers.S

With Mayor Catherine Pugh‘s health issues forcing her to take a leave of absence, the Baltimore City Council sent a letter calling for her resignation.

“The entire membership of the Baltimore City Council believes that it is not in the best interest of the City of Baltimore for you to continue to serve as Mayor. We urge you to tender your resignation, effective immediately,” stated the letter signed by all 14 council members except acting Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young.

The letter came one day after a spokesperson for Pugh insisted she would return to City Hall.

Pugh, who has clashed in the past with the City Council on policy issues, has been at the center of a political storm while she’s on medical leave battling pneumonia. She’s engulfed in a scandal and investigation over sales of her children’s books, which promote healthy living for Black kids, to entities that do business with the city. Critics have called the financial deals a possible conflict of interest, but Pugh said it was a “regrettable mistake.”

The 69-year-old was sworn into office in 2016 as Baltimore’s third Black woman mayor. The Philadelphia native who came to Baltimore as a Morgan State University student said she planned to focus her attention on community development, job creation and crime reduction.

From the beginning of her tenure, Pugh and City Councilmembers had a difficult relationship, Roger Hartley, dean of the public affairs school at the University of Baltimore, told the Los Angeles Times.

Many of the council members wanted to see more progressive policies from Pugh, such as raising the minimum wage, spending on after-school programs and sentencing reform for gun possession offenders.

“It’s not the same old Baltimore politics,” Hartley said in 2017. “She’s going to have to bend to the interests of these council members and vice versa. I think we’re seeing the kind of political change that people voted for.”

At the same time, it has been an uphill battle for Pugh to reduce crime in Baltimore, which has been dubbed America’s most dangerous big city. In January, Pugh tapped New Orleans’ police chief Michael Harrison as the city’s fifth police chief in four years.

City Councilman Brandon Scott released a statement Monday, saying in part that, “Baltimore deserves a Mayor who can focus on reducing crime, improving our schools and restoring trust in our government.”

The acting mayor could end up being Pugh’s successor. Young has insisted that he’s only temporarily filling in for Pugh, but he’s well-liked by fellow council members.

Young, 64, was first elected to the City Council in 1996. He was unanimously voted city council president to fill the remaining term of former City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in 2010 when she took over as mayor after Sheila Dixonresigned following a scandal.