An employee for Wayne County’s Airport Authority claims a colleague shared a racist e-mail about her with other workers, per WJBK.
“I was totally shocked,” said Nyota Ellis . “I was more hurt than anything. Is this the culture of the airport? Is this the culture of how they think about black people?”
The email in question came shortly after Ellis came to work with a short bob. Its subject read, “Take a look,” featuring an attached image of Francine, a brown-skinned character from the popular “Arthur” animated children’s series. Francine also has a similar hairstyle to the one Ellis had.
Ellis, who works for the airport’s real estate department-where she is the only African-American, says she “knew immediately it was about me” after opening the message.
“Clearly this shows some type of animal, with a short brown bob,” Ellis said while looking at the picture with the news team. Numerous officials also received the message.
Ellis says the co-worker who sent the email was Caucasian. “This coming from a white man, how am I supposed to take it?” she asked.