"They've complained for years, as to why these people are being hired in our food department when we are worried about our safety as Americans, you know, and that's something we all need to think about."
Indeed. Tyson Chicken in Shelbyville went out of its way to be accommodating to its Muslim employees in 2008, when it adopted Eid al-Fitr as an official plant holiday. Of course, maybe it wasn't one of the Muslim employees who wrote "All Americans Must Die" on the wall, but given the prevalence of jihadist sentiments among Somali Muslims elsewhere in the U.S., it is neither rocket science nor "Islamophobia" to put two and two together.
Stuart Appelbaum, the national president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which negotiated the agreement with Tyson that made Eid into a plant holiday, commented at the time: "There's no question that there is a lot of bigotry against Muslims and that this agreement has clearly touched a raw nerve among those who are prejudiced against them. However, the RWDSU has always understood that unions are only strong when they work to protect the dignity of workers of all faiths."
Great. And yet it seems as if at least one of the workers at the Tyson plant still nurses a deep and violent grievance against the U.S. and Americans, despite this display of magnanimity and strike against "bigotry." Now, why might that be? And why doesn't Tyson have any mechanism in place to try to screen its Muslim employees for jihadist sentiments, insofar as that is possible at all? Because to attempt such a thing would be more "bigotry," of course.
And so the other employees at this Tyson plant are put at risk, and the company has to go to extra trouble and expense to ensure their safety -- all in the name of not appearing "bigoted." Security guards posted at the bathroom! Other guards patrolling through the plant!
Could you have imagined on September 12, 2001 that within ten years, an American business that had nothing to do with terrorism, weapons production, security, or anything of the kind, would have to have armed guards patrolling its hallways, as the price of the privilege of having Muslim employees?
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. -- The Shelbyville chief of police and a former Tyson employee confirmed that threatening messages surfaced this week, leading to extra security at the plant.
"A couple days ago, they had a terrorist threat that was written on the bathroom walls that said 'all Americans must die,'" said a woman, who said she wanted to remain anonymous to protect her relative, who works inside the plant....
"One day last week, someone set the women's bathroom on fire, and they finally put a security guard at the bathroom door," the woman said.
She said workers are scared.
"Some of them are afraid. They've been talking about it and worried about it and wondering what Tyson is going to do about it," she said.
"We have not been asked to come down to Tyson to make any kind of official report," said Chief Austin Swing.
But Swing said the department has been asked to provide an armed, off-duty officer to patrol inside the plant through the holidays. Tyson didn't explain the reason why....
He said he believes Tyson has already removed the graffiti and is conducting its own investigation into who's responsible.
"They've doubled up the guards in the guard shack outside," the anonymous woman said.
Some at the plant are concerned.
"They've complained for years, as to why these people are being hired in our food department when we are worried about our safety as Americans, you know, and that's something we all need to think about," she said....
The FBI did not returned Channel 4's request of whether it's involved.
You know that if it had said something threatening to Muslims, the FBI would have been all over it in a nanosecond.