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Treasury Probing 'Rampant Racism' Claims at US Mint

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By    |   Friday, 18 September 2020 02:57 PM EDT

Investigators at the Treasury Department are probing allegations of "rampant racism" at the U.S. Mint.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Black employees wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other officials in June and have met with them on multiple occasions with their claims.

The employees say there is a lack of diversity among Mint leadership, Black workers there were treated unfairly by the all-white legal department, and that officials at the Mint often investigated the people behind complaints rather than the actual complaints, among other claims.

"Mint employees have tried both anonymously and openly to address the racial tension and disparities, but Mint management has historically worked in tandem with Mint legal counsel to railroad and punish those who oppose racism," reads the letter, which was signed by six employees. The names are redacted in the document.

According to the letter, incidents that have occurred in recent years include a Mint worker displaying a noose and the discovery of graffiti depicting the n-word in a restroom.

"We can't change behaviors that we don't address," the letter reads. "It is time to have the uncomfortable conversations that point out the existence of two Mints — one Mint for minorities and one Mint for Whites."

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Investigators at the Treasury Department are probing allegations of "rampant racism" at the U.S. Mint. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Black employees wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other officials in June and have met with them on...
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