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Gucci Lawsuit: Boss Made Jokes About Blacks Being 3/5 of Human Beings

Elliot Millner

Details relating to the lawsuit filed by a former Gucci attorney alleging racial discrimination continue to emerge. Although the suit initially garnered attention because the company allegedly attempted to swindle more money out of singer Rihanna, now even more disturbing allegations have been revealed.

According to the complaint, the attorney, a Black woman described as “dark-skinned, Latin female of West Indian national origin”, was subjected to constant racist and other disparaging remarks during her employment with the company. She claims that during a meeting her boss made a request for Black coffee with three-fifths of a bag of Equal, a clear reference to the “Three-Fifths Clause” of the U.S. Constitution.

The validity of these allegations will have to be proven or disproven in court; however, if true, they don’t paint a pretty picture of life inside Gucci. Racism doesn’t occupy any one particular part of the social ladder. Many people who profess to be the most sophisticated are also often the most crudely and ignorantly racist, and sometimes feel even more free to spew racist filth because of their position.

This will be an interesting case to follow, though I think it is very likely that a plea deal will be reached at some point. Companies like Gucci often find it easier to simply pay a relatively small amount of money than to continue receiving negative press from a lawsuit such as this. And, given that they likely wouldn’t have to publicly admit any guilt, the culture of discrimination (if it exist) can continue, unless Gucci took it upon itself to do something to correct the problem.


  1. Kevin T
    June 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I’m not at all surprised. None of us should be. Often we confuse the mainstream’s tolerance with acceptance or respect. We need to strike a balance between working for companies and starting our own. The biggest problem with “educating’ White America about the errors in their attitutdes, is that not only do they feel that they are superior to minorities in America, They think that they are superior to white people in other countries. There is an arrogance among White Americans that travels with them when they visit other countries that gets them into trouble. They think that they can do anything that they want and disrespect a country’s customs. More importantly, they make the big mistake of thinking that every country’s legal system mirrors America’s. Their is a silver lining. The recession, then the election of the first African American president has exposed the younger generation to a racism that they thought was only present in history and films. Maybe young African Americans will learn their history and look at the World, globally for some perspective.

  2. Carmon
    September 12, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Well said Mr Kevin T. I would also like to add that Black Americans are the ones that help promote these racist companies. A lot of them would not be where they are today had it not been for the support of blacks.

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