DESOTO CO., Miss. (localmemphis.com) – The Local I-Team has uncovered a candidate running for DeSoto County Supervisor is accused of spewing racist offensive remarks at employees.
According to a federal lawsuit, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last fall filed a lawsuit against Prewett Enterprises, which is owned by the candidate’s family.
According to this lawsuit, Prewett Enterprises subjected black employees to daily harassment and humiliation. One person named in the lawsuit is the owner’s son, Kendall Prewett.
In the past, Kendall Prewett has been quick to be interviewed on Local 24 News. In 2018, he went on camera to talk about an AR-15 giveaway. Earlier this year, we talked to him about his donation to the local high school, but Prewett isn’t talking about accusations in this lawsuit.
According the lawsuit, in one instance Prewett asked an African American employee, “Are you Whoopi Goldberg? Why do all you black people have dreads?”
In another instance, when an employee told Prewett he didn’t have gloves to remove hazardous material, the lawsuit claims Prewett told him, “you’ve been working in a plantation boy.”
Comments like, “Monkey, didn’t they teach you how to think?” were common according to the lawsuit, and it says Prewett called employees names like mule, the n-word, and boy.
Last Thursday on the phone Prewett told us he would be available for an interview to discuss this in about an hour. Then he stopped answering calls and has not returned our phone calls or responded to our texts.
Local 24 news Political Analyst Otis Sanford read the lawsuit. His thoughts on all of this?
“I think this is very troubling. I think the candidate needs to explain this a lot more than apparently what’s being done right now,” said Sanford.
“I think he could do well,” said Ronald Umbaugh, Prewett’s neighbor. Umbaugh has lived next to Prewett for seven years. Umbaugh said he had not heard about the racial allegations against his neighbor but plans to vote for him.