Racism in Delaware State Workforce, Groups Say

Aug 10, 2015

Pastor Silvester Beaman, president of the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council
Credit Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Website

African American pastors in Delaware are investigating – what they say – is racism by state employees.

The interviews are being carried out by the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council and the NAACP.

Eventually they will hand over a report to Governor Jack Markell.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the ministers and NAACP say they have heard accounts from African American workers.

The paper says these range from being passed over for promotion and outright racist acts to greater punishment than other employees for infractions.

State employees have received an email from Governor Jack Markell telling them he believes the ministers have legitimate concerns.

The News Journal reports that the ministers are withholding the names of those interviewed because many feared they might lose their jobs.