The President of the Rome Chapter of the NAACP says racial discrimination at a local nursing home is not a reflection of overall community attitudes.
A ccording to the State Attorney General, when a racist patient at the Betsy Ross nursing home in Rome refused to be seen or treated by African American nurses, not only did the management order black nurses out of the patient's unit, they also posted a sign reading "No Colored Nurses."
T he nurses complained to the New York Attorney General's office which announced a settlement with the nursing home on Tuesday.
T he settlement requires the Betsy Ross Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to:
-- implement an anti-discrimination policy
-- conduct diversity training
-- provide progress reports to the Attorney General
-- refrain from retaliation against the African American nurses.
A representative of the nursing home said they would have "no comment" and asked CNY Central reporter Jim Kenyon to leave.
Phonon Perrilloux, the President of the Rome chapter of the NAACP says she was not aware that nurses had complained to the Attorney General. "I don't think they (the nursing home) gave it a thought as to the patient asking that African Americans not provide the service, but is that their call. I don't know. I can't answer that question. But as a nursing facility, you can't put that off on your employees to deal with. I feel that's where they crossed the line."
Perrilloux says that while there are pockets of discrimination, the situation at the nursing home is not a reflection of prevailing attitudes in Rome. "Rome is a fantastic community. It's very diverse in nature. There are various groups here that are making it a fantastic place to live."
A ttorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a statement. "The fact that nearly 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, some New Yorkers are still subject to racial discrimination at work - or anywhere- is shocking and unacceptable. Sadly this case demonstrates that racism is still alive."