Woman Receives Rejection Email From Employer Saying Her Name Was Too “Ghetto”

August 16, 2018  |  


I used to hate when my White classmates would use the word “ghetto.” In fact, I still hate when I hear White people use the word because it comes from a place of ignorance. More often than not, “ghetto” is used to describe some element of Black culture White folks haven’t deemed acceptable or commodifiable yet. It’s coded, racist language that is still being used to disenfranchise Black people in this country.

It was used recently against a Missouri woman named Hermeisha Robinson. Robinson was applying for jobs but received a rejection letter that used the word ghetto to describe her name.

In a Facebook post, Robinson shared her experience with Mantality Health clinic and the email they sent her in response to her application.

Robinson asked friends to share the post, causing it to go viral. According to The New York Post, the company responded saying that they had been hacked and that the message was not authentic.

Kevin Meuret, the CEO of the clinic, told St. Louis Post Dispatch that someone from outside of Missouri hacked into their email system. He claimed it was most likely a disgruntled former employee.

Robinson was not the only woman to receive the email. Meuret says 20 emails were sent out to potential employees. The company has since filed a police report.

“We are currently working with law enforcement to identify the perpetrator and consider appropriate legal action,” the statement read. “We share the anger and frustration of those who received these bogus emails.”

Robinson told The Post, she is still reeling from the hatred represented in the email.

“The first thing that went through my mind is how could someone just outright say something so mean like that,” Robinson said. “I wasn’t expecting that from a job. I didn’t name myself, I didn’t give myself this name. How can people be so mean, and so horrible?”

While authorities say they’re investigating, as of yesterday, Robinson had not been contacted by anyone to discuss what happened.

“It just makes me not want to do anything. I don’t want to do anything anymore: go outside, say my name to people, anything.”

Robinson is still in search of a job and said that even if the Mantality clinic were to offer her something at this point, she would likely decline it.

“I wouldn’t feel safe,” she told The Post. “If some hacker got my email to reach me, they have my Social Security number, my birthday, they have everything. It just wouldn’t be a good working environment.”

While Robinson believes the message was sent by a hacker, she said, “Discrimination is real and it has to stop.”

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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