CHARLESTON, SC – The Boeing Co. is investigating after finding a sling at the aviation giant's 787 assembly plant in North Charleston, SC
. The foot-length sling was made According to several media reports, the nylon rope was dangle in the factory. No clue or other material was found with the noose.
Boeing officials confirmed that a "racially charged symbol" was detected at the site, but did not confirm that it was a sling. Brad Zaback, Vice President and General Manager of the Boeing 787 program said in an email to Charleston Region employees he was "sad and angry that a racially charged symbol was discovered on the ground." and will take action:
I am sad and upset that a racially charged symbol was discovered on the ground. Diversity and inclusion are central to Boeing's enduring values, and there is absolutely no room for racism, and this cowardice is in society, and especially in our business. We all have a responsibility to live according to our values and Boeing behaviors in an inclusive way and this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.
Together with the entire BSC leadership team and all the teammates in our company, we take these things very seriously. We have already launched a thorough investigation and will take all appropriate and necessary action. I appreciate the courage and openness of our teammates to address issues that are not consistent with our corporate values. I would encourage anybody who has information about the incident to contact me directly or by contacting your supervisor, Human Resources or our Ethics Helpline.
What makes our culture so special is the rich diversity and cultural heritage of our teammates. I'm very proud of that and I know it makes us a better team. We'll work it through, and I'm glad you're taking care of each other. Thank you for everything you do.
– Brad Zaback