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NC Dealership to Take Down Statue Depicting Native American

June 4, 2018 0 Comments

A North Carolina dealership is arranging to take down a statue depicting a Native American chief after a potential customer received a rude text from a dealership employee.

One North Carolina Dealership is Taking Down a Statue of a Native American Chief After an Employee Made Racist Comments.

“After leaving our dealership, Sabrina Arch, who is Native American, received an ugly, insulting and inappropriate text message from the salesperson with whom she had talked,” Harry’s on the Hill said in statement on Facebook.

Arch identifies as a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.

According to the statement, the offending text message was likely meant for another coworker, but it “[made] absolutely no difference” to the dealership, and the employee was fired immediately.

Those working at the dealership were “shocked and extremely upset” when they heard about the incident, calling the behavior “unacceptable, inconsistent with [their] values,” and intolerable. The dealership apologized to Arch and committed to making sure nothing like this happens again.

The dealership is arranging the removal of the Chief Pontiac statue, calling it a “relic from a different era that should be moved to a place of honor befitting the Chief’s legacy.” According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, the statue is 23 feet tall and made of fiberglass, and was erected in November 1967.

“We want to emphasize how much we value our relationship with all of our Western North [Carolina] customers and we pledge to take whatever actions are needed to guarantee that no one at Harry’s On the Hill ever experiences anything like this again,” the dealership said. “Should anyone in the community still have a concern about this incident, we encourage you to reach out to us.”

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