June 5, 2023

‘Congratulations to Bon Quisha:’ Woman’s vehicle getting practical experience turns bitter with racist Fb post

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WTVD) — A Cumberland County girl says her 1st motor vehicle-obtaining encounter was tainted since of an offensive Facebook post designed by the Lumberton Honda dealership.

Trinity Bethune mentioned she ordered her first auto at the dealership on Wednesday. She was psyched to be able to do all of this with her individual cash.

Having said that, that rapidly transformed when Bethune looked on Facebook on Thursday and noticed a article on the dealership’s website page that read through, “Congratulations to Bon Quisha on her 2016 Toyota Camry.”

Bethune, in shock and disbelief, responded to the article.

“I am not certain if this is a ‘joke’ or one thing but my identify is surely Trinity Bethune,” she mentioned. “I’m very offended by this write-up, it’s pretty much a racial slur. If I’m not dealt with by MY title then you should never deal with me at all.”

Bethune states the article was up for much more than an hour in advance of it was deleted. The screenshots speedily spreading on social media and went viral on TikTok.

“The title ‘Bon Quisha’ it seems like a stereotype for a person, you know, for them to be like ghetto,” Bethune reported. “It is a thing individuals use in direction of Black persons as a racial slur and as an offensive expression.”

The 21-year-previous works as a own care assistant in Cumberland County. She mentioned it really is hurtful to be lessened to a stereotype.

“I feel like my character was performed with. I imply, I assume I carry myself in a quite well method,” she reported.

ABC11 spoke to the dealership owner off-digicam. He claimed that the employee who produced the offensive write-up has been fired. They also achieved out to Bethune to apologize on Thursday.

The proprietor, who famous he was Indigenous American, suggests the motion of that one personal does not represent their varied group of employees.

Bethune tells ABC11 that she is thinking of some kind of authorized motion.

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