White supremacy is not a good public relations campaign. Ever since America was founded, it was built on the idea of equality for all. The Constitution did not give all people the unalienable privileges they were guaranteed at the time it was written. Black people were still held under slavery and only considered 3/5 a person when it came to political representation and could not cast a single vote.
America does not have a history as shiny and squeaky clean as the Republicans, and the GOP would want you to believe. America was one of the last developed countries to outlaw slavery. Owning people as property was important to the American economy in the Southern states. And the abolition of slavery was one of the significant issues that sparked the Civil War, hence the controversy behind the displaying of the Confederate flag.
While America has taken a step backward with the appointment of Donald Trump as president (when it comes to racial justice and civil rights), there are still consequences for blatant acts of white supremacy. And while Donald Trump, who was the KKK’s favorite presidential candidate, hesitates to personally condemn white supremacy, the rest of the country has no tolerance for these hate groups. And evidence of this intolerance for hate has been proven correct in Wisconsin.
The Milwaukee Common Council has terminated contracts worth nearly $1 million with a small business after that business’s employees were filmed performing a city job while brandishing firearms and donning Ku Klux Klan artwork.
The city unanimously passed a resolution that killed all the contracts with the pro-white supremacy business, American Sewer Services. The pro-hate company lost all existing contracts and lost all privilege to gain pending ones.
“The agreement also prohibits American Sewer Services from rebidding on either of the contracts,” the report published in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel stated.
Since his employees were caught displaying KKK artwork and carrying guns while working for the city, the company owner, Dennis Biondich, publicly apologized to officials. And he has fired the worker who was a vocal supporter of the KKK. He also dismissed one of the men who was wielding a firearm while working for the city. Why has he not reprimanded all his white supremacist employees and those bringing guns to work, is unclear.
The council also asked Biondich to appear at the meeting to discuss the matter. But when the time came, he did not show up. He gave the excuse that he was dealing with a personal matter.
Aldermen, Mark Borkowski, and Bob Donovan, do not think the company should lose its contracts because its employees were advocating for hate groups while on the job.
Fortunately, the City of Milwaukee disagrees with these men.
One Alderman, Nik Kovac, argued that the company should be punished for supporting white supremacy.
“Given the amount of facts we have now, a reasonable person would say that racism was clearly tolerated on a day-to-day basis at that company.”
How do you feel about Milwaukee’s response to this sewer company that hired white supremacists?