In Chicago, an executive of Indian heritage proved that to racists, money and status matter less than skin color.
As the Chicago Tribune reports, Ravin Gandhi, CEO of GMM Nonstick Coatings, penned an op-ed rescinding his cautious optimism for President Donald Trump’s economic agenda — and in doing so, drew the ire of tons of anonymous racists.
“After Charlottesville and its aftermath, I will not defend Trump even if the Dow hits 50,000, unemployment goes to 1 percent, and GDP grows by 7 percent,” Gandhi wrote for CNBC, where he is a regular contributor. “Some issues transcend economics, and I will not in good conscience support a president who seems to hate Americans who don’t look like him.”
“The fact that Trump equated hate groups with those protesting hate lit me up,” Gandhi told the Tribune. “His moral leadership on this issue is reprehensible.”
The racist response, the Tribune noted, “was swift and demoralizing.”
“You are angry for having been born with 50 percent ne**o blood in your veins,” one person wrote. “Quit mouthing off.”
In another message that Gandhi posted on YouTube, a woman goes on an expletive-laden tirade against the CEO.
“Get your f***king garbage and go back to India,” the woman said. “Don’t tell us that you gave him a chance. We don’t give a f**k who you gave a chance, OK? We’re going to start taking down Buddhist statues and see how you and [half-Bangladeshi U.S. Ambassador] Nikki Haley like that.”
Gandhi, the report notes, is not Buddhist, and was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois.
When asked why he decided to go public with some of the messages he’d received, Gandhi said that he wanted to educate people about the way racism functions.
“It was obvious that people thought my professional position somewhat protected me,” he told the Tribune. “I wanted to show people that racism is blind to socioeconomics. It just is.”
“Even though my race is a complete non-issue in my day-to-day life, the sad reality is there’s a group of racists in the USA that views me as a second-class citizen,” he continued. “I wanted my peers in the business community, the civic community, my friend community to see that this can happen to me. Because there’s this delusion that racism is dead because Obama was elected.”
Listen to the strongly-worded voicemail sent to Gandhi below.