05.01.2019

After reporting noose at auto plant, woman says company won't let her return to work

After reporting noose at auto plant, woman says company won't let her return to work (Photo: Eric D. Lawrence)

Charlene Lust says she has no doubt that what she saw in a Michigan auto plant in February was a noose.

Seeing the rope hanging in an area where she was coming to help a coworker clean up, Lust said she was overcome by a feeling of sadness.

“I literally almost fainted. I’ve never seen one,” Lust said from her living room on Detroit’s west side this month. “When I saw the noose, I was like stuck.”

She snapped a photo of the rope, which she believes was left as a message to African Americans like her, in the area of the Macomb County plant’s paint shop. It reminded her of the day in 2015 she helped nab a pedophile, an action that garnered her a civilian citation from the local police department. 

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