Stories about people losing their jobs and being mistreated in overseas sweatshops seem to overwhelm the news. Still, I thought it would be interesting to read a more personal account of how people are treated by their employers. Thus, I turned to Anthony Box’s The Electronic Lynching in the Workplace. This non-fiction book recounts the author’s seventeen years of work at a manufacturing company. In spite of excelling and working hard, Box is not promoted or paid what he deserves. He is repeatedly punished for things that are not his fault. His fellow employees and bosses even attempt to set him up numerous times. No matter how hard he works, he is never rewarded. Sadly, Box is harassed simply because he is black.
As I was reading Electronic Lynching, I could not stop thinking about the book’s first line: “It all started on May 7, 1984.” I wanted to imagine that Box was describing something that was happening when the first factories were created in the United States. I wanted to believe that this was something that had been done away with many years ago. It is really amazing to see how overt racism still affects and hurts individuals. Anthony Box’s book is an informative read about racism in the workplace. It is a short but powerful book that reads like a journal or diary.
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