“Who has time after all to teach an American Racism 101 class online via FB comment threads?”
Jay Kuo is Head of Team Takei, CCO at The Social Edge, Composer of Allegiance on Broadway, and an Appellate Litigator. He’s also a self-described Gaysian Mafia Chief and Licensed Twitter Sniper (no really, he told OutBuzz to say that!). He’s fed up engaging with well-meaning white people who should know better about racism.
After two stripes were added to a rainbow flag in Philadelphia, LGBTs took to social media to do what social media is best for—to complain—and get racist. Whether you like the flag or not doesn’t matter, what’s important is the ignorant and racist comments that ensued by well-meaning people with the best intentions.
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Many people denied that racism even exists and that it’s a complete fabrication—they were all white, and denial is not just a river in Egypt.
“Morover, I’m expected to engage civilly and patiently with people, even those who take what most minorities would see as ridiculous positions–like claiming they are as victimized by racism as minorities are,” Jay wrote in a Facebook post.
Many comments said exactly that. One even claimed that an article about a gay black man’s personal experience with racism in the LGBT community was itself racist.
Jay Kuo wants you to go out and open your eyes, not fight in Facebook comment threads
Jay says that he is done being well-meaning people’s American Racism 101 class online via FB comment threads. “If you really care about issues like equality and inclusion, go read up, make some friends who can colorize your thinking, and come back when your eyes are fully open,” he continued. “Because there is a war on black and brown people happening in this country, and not everyone has time to train-up inexperienced cadets. Come to the battle armed with knowledge, conviction and experience, if you truly want to help.”