Tech CEO Apologizes After Racist Rant Against Asian family
CEO apologizes after being caught on camera unleashing racist rant targeting Asian American family
A San Francisco tech CEO was caught on camera unleashing a racist tirade against an Asian Family in California. Footage of the incident that took place on the 4th of July has gone viral. It has racked up more than 4 million views. Soon many identified the man as Michael Lofthouse, CEO of Solid8, a cloud computing firm based in San Francisco.
The video was captured by Jordan Chan, who was at the restaurant celebrating a family member’s birthday. “We were celebrating my tita’s birthday, literally just singing happy birthday to her and taking pictures, when this white supremacist starts yelling disgusting racist remarks at us,” Chan wrote in an Instagram post.
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❗️❗️❗️SHARE THIS POST❗️❗️❗️ Trigger warning: Racism, Vulgar Language (FYI he had a LOT more to say after I stopped recording) This is the face of the man who relentlessly harassed my family and I completely UNPROVOKED, UNWARRANTED, and UNCONSCIONABLE. We were celebrating my tita’s birthday, literally just singing happy birthday to her and taking pictures, when this white supremacist starts yelling disgusting racist remarks at us. (“Fuck you Asians” “Go back to whatever fucking Asian country you’re from” “You don’t belong here”) It is no coincidence that this man has the audacity to showcase such blatant racism on the 4th of July. White supremacy has a notorious habit of masquerading as patriotism! The fact that Donald Trump is our president (i.e. THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD) gives racists a platform and amplifies voices of hate. The surfacing of racists is so prevalent right now, even in such an ethnically/culturally diverse and liberal state like California, because Trump HIMSELF uses his position to incite racial tension and to promote aggression towards POC, foreigners, and immigrants. We need change! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE VOTE THIS UPCOMING RE-ELECTION. PROTECT ALL PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF SKIN COLOR AND ETHNIC ORIGIN. ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿
In the video, we see a woman asking Lofthouse to repeat what he had just said to them. He stares at the camera for a few seconds, then extends his middle finger and said, “This is what I say.” Lofthouse further added “You f— need to leave! You f— Asian piece of s***.” A server then yells at him, “No, you do not talk to our guests like that. Get out of here.”
As soon as the video became viral Lofthouse had deleted all his social media accounts. He has also issued an apology to San Francisco’s KGO-TV. In his statement, he says that “My behavior in the video is appalling. This was clearly a moment where I lost control and made incredibly hurtful and divisive comments. I would like to deeply apologize to the Chan family. I can only imagine the stress and pain they feel. I was taught to respect people of all races and I will take the time to reflect on my actions and work to better understand the inequality that so many of those around me face every day.”
There has been a sharp rise in attacks on Asian Americans across the country. This happened ever since the coronavirus has hit the nations.