James soon took to Instagram to defend his remarks.
“What I said yesterday was undeniably vitriolic and hateful. It wasn’t constructive in any way. I know this, and I won’t apologize for it,” the Democrat supporter wrote.
“[But] Yesterday wasn’t about being constructive. Yesterday wasn’t about teaching people, or trying to get them on my side. Yesterday was about rage, rage fueled by a group of minorities advocating for a violent fascist regime, rage fueled by people who look like me upholding White supremacy and anti-Blackness, rage fueled by the knowledge that those people are unknowledgeable of the hate that their own people have endured throughout a White supremacist history.”
James pointed out that his choice of offense was deliberate — slurs that had been used against him all his life.
“I’m not going to hide behind the excuse that anger justified my words, they don’t, because I chose those words purposefully. I chose to use a slur that was used against me my whole life. I chose to use language that would strike a nerve,” he noted.
“If any of my fellow Asian-American comrades have something to say about what I did, I’m willing to listen to you, I’m willing to talk about how it made you feel, and how you feel it affects our community.
“I said what I needed to say, I don’t feel the need to say it again, and I’m willing to make an effort to combat any negativity my words have caused for our movement.”
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