Jeannie Mai used her platform to speak up about hateful attacks and racial injustices against the Asian community, but many of her fans did not approve when she mentioned Black people in her post.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it a myriad of adversities that shook the world to its core, but it also shed light on racial injustices and disparities that have prevailed for ages.
Recent incidents of violence against the Asian community have prompted people to speak up, and "The Talk" co-host Jeannie Mai was one of those voices.
Taking to Instagram, Mai penned a lengthy post to announce she will be speaking on a panel about the increase in hate crimes directed towards the Asian community.
Mai recalled a story about how she accepted racist remarks as a kid when she moved to America because, just like many others, she thought she had to accept "the good (freedom) with the bad (racism)."
Mai noted how being labeled the "model minority" is not a matter of compliment. She admitted being guilty of following it while growing up and being in her best behavior to be liked and show she was worthy.
Mai's parents immigrated to America from Vietnam to escape communism.
Mai's post may be innocuous, but when she opined how racism has no hierarchy and claimed people's fight for social justice through victims like George Floyd is tied to discrimination against Asians, many netizens were irate.
"Girl, you must [have not] heard of your community being racist towards Black People that look like your 'husband,'" one fan wrote. Another fan called her out for using Black people as "attack dogs" to further her agenda.
Fans' comments on Jeannie Mai's post. | Source: Instagram/thejeanniemai
Mai previously spoke out against the racism directed towards Asians aggravated by the fact that COVID-19 originated in China. She said the virus reignited anti-Asian sentiment that has existed for a long time.
Mai believes racism and hate are pandemics that people need to fight to eradicate. She also pointed out how people cannot stand for the "Black Lives Matter" movement and then do nothing about the Asian attacks.
Mai's parents immigrated to America from Vietnam to escape communism and come to a safer place. Her post indicated she is done staying quiet and being the good one while the world around her burns.
Since 2020, hate crimes and discrimination against Asians have increased dramatically. People have protested against it, but they did not get much exposure in the mainstream media.