KALAMAZOO, MI — A Black staff member is suing Western Michigan University alleging a white coworker tied a noose and mocked lynching him at a diversity and inclusion meeting.
The federal lawsuit was filed on Monday, Aug. 24 at the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
Smith Moore, a Black man, claims that Mitchell Beare, a white man, came up behind him at a diversity and inclusion meeting and looped a rope in the shape of a noose behind him. Moore turned around and saw that Beare was moving to put the loop around his neck when other coworkers shouted at Beare to stop.
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