Convention Center job ad called offensive

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — An ad for a wait staff job at Albuquerque’s Convention Center is being called racist.

An Albuquerque woman told KRQE News 13 she was dismayed and dumbfounded when she saw the Craigslist ad which included a picture of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson portrayed as a waiter.

“Because of his stature, that was demeaning to him,” said Cecilia Webb, president of the National Council of Negro Women.

The woman who first saw the ad contacted Webb about it.

“I felt it may be somewhat racist, and I immediately contacted several people,” Webb said.

Staffing provider, Snelling, was just awarded the contract to find temporary workers for the Albuquerque Convention Center.

General Manager Valerie Santillanes said she made a mistake.

“This was completely my fault,” Santillanes said. “I was very careless, made a very careless error and apologized. I am terribly sorry about it.”

She said she searched, “waiter,” on Google and attached the picture to her ad without noticing the famous face.

“It was a very tiny piece of clip art. I pulled it because of the clothing it represented, and I attached it to my ad. I never looked at it,” she said. “I looked at the text of my ad to make sure it was correct and that was as far as I went and that’s my fault.”

The Convention Center said the job posting was taken down within an hour of it being reported and that it will keep a closer eye on any advertising that has its name on it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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