Las Vegas Reporter Receives Racist Hate Mail Saying Her Hair Isn't Properly Cleaned
May 26, 2017 at 6:35 pm
After she received a hateful racist letter, this traffic reporter from Las Vegas is calling out the bigots.
26-year-old Demetria Obilor wears her amazing natural tresses on KLAS 8 News Now.
She shared a screenshot of one of the racist emails she's received.
Here's one of the racist, hateful emails I've received for rocking my natural hair on TV. pic.twitter.com/oA8L6gYCyw— Demetria Obilor (@DemetriaObilor) May 25, 2017
She told Yahoo! Beauty why she posted the message. "The first few times I got emails like that, I was enraged, but I knew if I responded (the way I wanted to) I’d probably lose my job. And honestly, it’s not worth going back and forth via email with someone that ignorant. Instead, I tell high school tour groups who stop by the station about these sorts of experiences, so they can prepare themselves for what it’s going to take to work in this industry, keeping your composure and picking your battles. There’s nothing to be won cursing out some racist fool online — much to lose, though.”
In college, she was told to straighten her hair or wear a wig if she wanted to have an on-air career. "I’ve been fortunate enough to be employed by stations that have embraced my natural look, but I know that many black women would have a different story to tell [about their work] in the TV business," she said.
At the end of the day, Obilor wants everyone to know this is an experience of being black. “I want people to understand what it’s like simply being who you are when you’re black. Some people have the audacity to say things like ‘racism doesn’t exist anymore,’ but that email was a prime example [that it does]."
Shine on, Demetria. You are beautiful!