Posted on June 7, 2024

Black Workers Sue, Claiming White Racists Run a General Mills Plant in Georgia

Jordan Valinsky, CNN, June 5, 2024

General Mills, the manufacturer of Cheerios and other well-known cereals, is being sued by eight Black employees working at a Georgia plant who say it’s rampant with racism under the control of its White managers.

In the federal lawsuit filed June 2, the employees accuse the managers at the Covington plant with favoring White employees for promotions over Black workers, issuing more disciplinary actions against Black employees and a manager calling them “colored” {snip}

The lawsuit points to two White managers who “formed an organization of white employees in management and human resources called the ‘Good Ole Boys’” favoring White workers over their Black counterparts {snip}


In one example, a mural was displayed in the factory from 2005 to 2021 as a memorial for Confederate leaders using General Mills mascots, like the Cocoa Puffs cuckoo bird portraying the president of the confederacy, Jefferson Davis, and the Honey Nut Cheerios bee depicting General Stonewall Jackson {snip}

In another instance, a Black employee said he found “KKK” etched into his lunchbox and the managers forced him to give a handwriting sample to prove it wasn’t him.