Supervisor threatens to hang worker for drinking from ‘white people’ fountain
(CNN) – The recording sounds like something from Jim Crow days: a white supervisor threatening to hang an African-American employee for drinking water from a "white people" fountain.
But it's 2014, in Memphis, Tennessee.
Untonia Harris, who worked at Atkinson Cotton Warehouse, said he used his phone to record his supervisor after feeling discriminated against for months.
In the audio, Harris asks if he could use a microwave.
"Hell no!" a man he describes as the supervisor responds.
When he asks why, the purported voice from the supervisor says it's because Harris is not white.
In another attempt to use the water fountain, the supervisor has the same reaction.
"I need to put a sign here that says, 'White people only,'" the voice says.
Harris asks what will happen if he is caught drinking from the fountain.
The voice replies, "That's when we hang you."