Hi, this may be a hot take and my intent is not to offend anyone on this forum.
Two weeks ago I met a senior director at one of the top tier firms over coffee, we developed a good relationship/hit off well and he started giving me valuable information about what was going on with the hiring process for an entry level financial analyst position.
He said I was definitely qualified and he even said he was already pushing my resume to HR and the higher ups within the office (we connected also a month prior). They came back to him and said it was good that I was female but they're strictly looking for an African American for the position and won't consider any other applicants.
I just got the automatic email today saying I was rejected even though on LinkedIn for the position I was considered the 'top applicant' (don't know how accurate that is). The senior director shared my frustration that I was more than qualified but because I'm white, I won't be hired. Sounds messed up, but I was seriously considering putting 'two or more races' on the application but decided not to because that's dishonest.
Is there any way I can navigate this or should I just let it go and move on?