The steel magnolia of Detroit steel wheelers
Detroit steel magnols, the nation’s oldest and most popular steel wheeler’s association, has come under fire after the association published a chart that was widely criticized as racist.
The chart was released to mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of the National Steel Wheelers Association, which was established by former New York mayor Ed Koch to promote the wheeler trade.
A representative for the National Motor Vehicle Association and the National Association of Manufacturers both released statements calling for the association to stop publishing its own chart.
“The National Motor Carrier Council, which has endorsed the steel magnolias charts, has long supported the continued publication of the chart and strongly opposes the use of the ‘R’ word in connection with steel wheeling,” the spokespeople said in a joint statement.
“It is offensive to anyone who has worked in or around steel wheel production to see an association chart for a wheeler association chart.
The ‘R.’ word is offensive and derogatory.
It has no place in the steel wheel industry.”
The chart is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which shows that steel wheelworkers made up 5 percent of the labor force in the U.S. in 2017.
It also notes that, in 2015, about 4 percent of wheelers in the country worked in the production of steel products, according to the American Association of Wheelmen.
The association did not immediately respond to CNNMoney’s request for comment.
The National Motor Transportation Association, the trade association representing major automakers and the makers of popular vehicles, released a statement on Monday saying that the association’s chart is not a “guide” for wheelers.
The organization’s chart, which uses data from BLS, does not include any data on race or ethnicity, the statement said.
The statement also said that the American Wheel and Machine Tool Manufacturers Association does not support or endorse the use or misuse of the “R” word in association with steel.
The industry trade group also said it did not have the time or resources to produce a comprehensive chart for the industry.
“We do not support and encourage the use by any manufacturer or dealer of an association wheel chart,” the statement read.
“As with any trade association chart, it is not appropriate to use an association-based chart to promote a specific industry, product or industry segment.
We urge the association not to continue to use this chart for its chart.”
The National Manufacturers of Wheel and Hammer and the Steel Wheel and Tractor Manufacturers’ Association did not respond to requests for comment, the spokespersons said.