A friend came to me with some unfortunate news last night. A message has been sent out around school making the following claim:
“Maia is very racist, and I thought it would be the best thing to tell you to check out her recent article that’s linked to her instagram account. Also read the comments left on it as well. Just thought I’d give you a heads up. I’m anonymous because I’m sending this out to every person of color that associates with her.”
Firstly, I’d like to address the article. I made it freshman year about my early experience with the culture in a very political San Francisco. I removed it from this site because some people were offended, which is never my intention. Additionally, my opinions changed since the writing of the article. I wish to clarify my perspective to anyone who wants to know.
I understand that some of the things I said may have been misinterpreted and put into a negative context, but they never hinted at any sort of hate or racism towards anyone. Going behind my back and telling friends of mine that I’m “racist” generated a false narrative that was used to attack me. Those who know me, know those things are false. The comments I made were not made in ill will or with the intention of attacking or hurting anyone. It appears though, that the anonymous person writing these things does intend to attack me personally, instead of trying to fix a problem they saw. I have nothing to hide, so I am approaching this with full transparency (if you wish to see the post, you may contact me). Attached at the bottom is some hate mail they left on my blog, which again, contains all untrue statements about me. These statements attacked me more than they addressed the article or my beliefs, for example, “Her disgusting personality makes her artwork suck even more than it already does.” Moreover, the person claimed that I said things that I have never said.
The part about race was written because I felt that it was a shame that race is still a dividing factor not only in the world, but in our school! Although the way I worded it may have been misinterpreted, that is what I was striving to say. Regarding the subject in question in my post, the post read: “Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” God did have a chosen people, the Jews, but no one is excluded from His power or His love, no matter their race, religion, class, or culture.” That is, and always has been, my message and my light into the world. It is human folly that has made something as simple as color of skin something to fight about in our world.
This was a purely malicious, destructive critique that aimed to stain me, my beliefs, and my reputation among my friends. If the intention in this had been to help me grow, the person would have come to me directly and outlined what I was doing wrong. I would have appreciated their kindness and the thoughtfulness they gave to something they care about, and this situation would have been resolved with all of us on the winning team. By sending out a mass message claiming that I am racist and leaving hate mail on my blog that personally attacks me (ad hominem arguments) nothing productive has been achieved. Even though some of my beliefs have changed, especially the small section regarding race, I still believe in the general message, which was primarily about things this attack did not even address. We live in a society that generally rejects different opinions, shutting the door completely without allowing growth, resolution, and unification. The response of this person is a clear example.
The person who wrote these things never directly contacted me and remains anonymous as far as I know.
Lastly I wish to reiterate my apologies to anyone I have offended; once more, it was not my intention.
Anyone that knows me knows that my door, and my mind, is always open.