There’s bold, and then there’s bold. Cynet Systems, an IT staffing and recruiting company is facing backlash after Twitter users spotted a racist job listing last week that specifically asked for a “preferably Caucasian” applicant, according to the Huffington Post.
The racist (not to mention illegal) stipulation was listed amongst your run of the mill requirements. Eight to 10 years of experience, sure, a “relationship individual” who can get more opportunities and build the account, cool, sounds good. Oh, by the way, “please be white.”
Needless to say, the post drew swift criticism.
Cynet, of course, went on the defensive shortly after, apologizing “for the anger and frustration caused by the offensive job post.”
“It does not reflect our core values of inclusivity and equality,” the company tweeted out, adding that those behind the listing have been fired.
A larger question that begs to be answered though is how the listing got posted in the first place without drawing any red flags? Did no one double check this?
This was something Twitter users also wanted to know.
Cynet sent an additional statement to HuffPo noting that “Both of our owners are Indian-Americans, our workforce is over 60% minority, and we are certified as a diversity supplier by the National Minority Supplier Development Council.” But we all know how that works, you don’t denounce racism and racist culture by listing all the Black and brown people that you know.
Nonetheless, the company insists that it is “looking at measures to catch offensive or outside-of-policy ads before they ever go live to ensure this can’t happen again.”