Dr. Eugene Gu, a general surgery resident physician at Vanderbilt University Hospital, has been receiving harsh criticism — even death threats — for his now viral photo of him taking a knee to stand in solidarity with NFL players in their fight against oppression of African-Americans.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) September 24, 2017
Gu, who is also the CEO/president of a non-profit organization that studies congenital heart and kidney diseases, has consistently used Twitter as a platform to voice his beliefs; previously, he was banned by President Trump for his comments on the covfefe incident.
Just saw you featured in @nymag article about people blocked by Trump keep up the good work brother
— Stretmediq (@stretmediq) September 26, 2017
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Gu stated that he found Trump’s words about the NFL players were “incredibly chilling”.
“Back then, he hemmed and hawed about condemning white supremacy. But now when black athletes engage in peaceful protest, he gives the most forceful and vulgar condemnation of his entire presidency,” he said.
Feeling the need to act, he decided that he, too, would take a knee in his workplace in a show of support with the “sons of bitches”.
“I had to do something so I took the knee on social media as my own form of peaceful protest and to show solidarity with the black athletes whom I admire for their courage,” Gu explained.
So, he took a knee.
Let’s all #TakeAKnee tomorrow in solidarity with the athletes who fight police brutality and white supremacy.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) September 23, 2017
And although he was praised for his support…
White IT Guy here. I’m right there with you.
— Rob (@rob_blue) September 24, 2017
I am a white combat vet and currently a police officer I am taking the knee with you. #TakeTheKnee
— Brandon Neely (@BrandonTXNeely) September 24, 2017
AMERICA KNEELS WITH YOU, KIND SIR!!
— Charles R Smith II (@IICrsii49) September 24, 2017
And I, a black man born n America, proudly salute my friend, Dr E Gu & thank him for kneeling w us for the dignity & equality of all people!
— World Peace (@WorldPeace24_7) September 24, 2017
…he was overwhelmingly criticized, even harassed for his action.
You should be fired for doing this at work, in uniform and on hospital property! Shame on you! Hypocrite!
— Chy Covfefe 👠 (@chardunbar2) September 24, 2017
— Paul Walker (@PKWalk) September 24, 2017
Go to Asia then and confront Asian supremacy in Asian countries, commie.
— ☩ l’Évêque croisé (@MrJohnQZombie) September 26, 2017
Why should any white patient trust you, any more than a Jewish patient should’ve trusted a Nazi doctor circa 1933?https://t.co/CD7tnSUqlM
— ☩Tāylôr Ōwĕns🚀🕋💥 (@anukasan1977) September 25, 2017
— ＡＺＣｏｎｓｅｒｖａｔｉｖｅ (@AZConservative1) September 25, 2017
Pretty sure this asian is a racist would let White people die on his watch. What hospital you work at so I can stay clear of it just in case
— Swift (@SwiftHitter) September 27, 2017
You’re not fooling anyone Rocket Man!
— El Chapo Cosmo (@dadogcosmo) September 25, 2017
Wow. Asians make up 5% of USA but 20% of doctors. Real glass ceiling for you. Maybe it’s time to get a penis enlargement.
— Deplorable Jim Davis (@jimtdavis) September 25, 2017
If I met you I can make sure you always are on your knees lol. Like a good little girl.
— B HAM (@deathbyhitman) September 25, 2017
Go back to China and take a knee
— AL (@bornfreeus) September 24, 2017
And, after influential conservative figureheads like Ben Shapiro and Michelle Malkin spoke about him, he started receiving even more hateful comments — including physical violence and even death threats.
Gu told Buzzfeed that he believes the response to his stance showcases just how Asian-Americans are positioned against other POC when talking about race. “Asian-Americans are traditionally seen as being the silent model minority. We are often used as a wedge against other minorities. Our so-called success is held as a reason why there is supposedly no racism or injustice in this country.”
Despite the backlash he’s received, he’s stands by his #takeaknee post and is glad to see other Americans doing the same.
Feature Image via Twitter / eugenegu