Tom Geen Matt Cameron Charlie LeDuff, a reporter for the New York Times got a job at a slaughterhouse in North Carolina. He examined the day to day racial interactions between employees and from the management at the factory. Common areas like locker rooms and cafeterias were self-segregated. Jobs seemed to be given out based on the race of the person. Racial stereotypes were used by minorities toward other minorities. “Who that cracker think he is? . . . [He] keeps treating me like a Mexican and I’ll beat him.” “She decided it wasn’t just blacks that were lazy” Why is work at Smithfield Packing Comapany controlled primarily by a quota system? At the very beginning of the article, LeDuff describess the Smithfields Company as if it were a prison. What qualities of Smithfield lead LeDuff to make this comparison? In what ways does Smithfield punish the individuals who work there? Thinking of his social writing on workers, capitalism and exploitation, what do you think Karl Marx might have to say about LeDuff's description of how the Smithfield Packing Company is run?