August 23, 2017

Indian Origin CEO racially abused by Donald Trump supporters in US

by Neha Monga

Ravin Gandhi, an Indian-origin CEO in the US was racially abused and told to “go back to India” after he wrote an article saying he will not defend US President Donald Trump’s economic agenda after the violence in Charlottesville where white supremacists clashed with counter-demonstrators.

According to Chicago Tribune, Gandhi, 44, founder and CEO of GMM Nonstick Coatings, a global supplier of coatings for cookware and bakeware, wrote an op-ed for CNBC following Trump’s Charlottesville remarks but was quickly trolled and racially abused by readers.

“I recently told the New York Times I was ‘rooting’ for certain aspects of Trump’s economic agenda,” Gandhi wrote for CNBC.

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“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%. 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,” he said.

Gandhi was soon bombarded with racial attacks on email and Twitter including a voicemail from a woman abusing him and saying “You’re a f****** Indian pig,” which was posted by Gandhi on Youtube.

The alleged Trump supporter, using inappropriate language continues her rant saying “Get your f****** garbage and go back to India, and sell it there.” The woman also called the Indian American US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley a “Bangladesh creep.”

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“She’s (Haley) the one that started all this when she took down the Confederate flag. So don’t tell us that you gave him a chance. We don’t give a f*** who you gave a chance, OK? We’re going to start taking down Buddhist statues and see how you and Nikki Haley like that,” the woman said.

Gandhi, who is not a Buddhist, was born in the US, grew up there, lives and works there. “It was obvious that people thought my professional position somewhat protected me,” he said. “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,” Gandhi told the Chicago Tribune when he was asked why he posted the video online.

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