Over the weekend, the user @Eri82185 posted a picture on Twitter of herself and a friend picking cotton with the caption: “Our inner nigger came out today”.
Twitter users quickly identified the poster as Erika Escalante, a student at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, AZ. While many sent tweets to Escalante expressing their discontent, other users such as @XLNB, notified her employer about her offensive posts.
— X (@XLNB) October 26, 2015
Hours later her employer, Isagenix, posted the following tweet:
We too find this tweet offensive & we are shocked. This does not reflect our values & culture. The intern is no longer with us. — Isagenix® (@isagenix) October 26, 2015
The company also posted an extended statement on Facebook:
Many users applauded the company’s swift action, and expressed their satisfaction on twitter.
“How to Ruin Your Career in Approximately Five Hours” : The Erika Escalante Story pic.twitter.com/q7I1gWgJ58
— Geddafah Kowda Deway (@RLDarden) October 26, 2015
— TXBOY (@TXBOY361) October 26, 2015