Alabama native and Gap Inc. employee, Casey David Muir-Taylor, is the most awesome employee ever because he stood up and spoke against intolerance and ignorance in America – and then blasted in on Facebook.
The post is in response to a woman who entered his workplace and took serious offense to a Gap holiday poster featuring a bearded man in a turban – better known to non-ignorant people as Sikh. The man in the ad is Indian-American designer and actor WarisAhluwalia
Dear Ignorant Woman,
When you entered GAP today, I was ready to greet you with a smile and try to help you find whatever you needed. Before I could even open my mouth, however, you were yelling at me and my fellow associate because of the large ad we have hanging in our window of that Muslim "terrorist" in the "do-rag." Upon informing you that he is not Muslim (and even if he was, who cares?), that he is Sikh, you didn't believe me when we told you they are a peaceful people. And you still insisted he was Muslim. And that we remove the offensive ad.
You went on and on about calling corporate, you asked if our general manager knows about the ad hanging in our front window (we assure you, he's not a terrorist, and yes, she knows), and how we live in AMERICA (and I guess that means we shouldn't have people who aren't white and Christian representing our brand or any brand). Your ignorance and rudeness are embrassing. I hope, perhaps, you can open your mind up and find peace. Please, focus that energy and passion (and get rid of the hate) and do something GOOD in the world. I doubt you will, but a guy can wish.
a proud employee of GAP
ETA: I edited out an offensive phrase in which I said the woman's existence was embarrassing. I now apologize for that.
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The ‘ignorant woman’s’ hateful attitude is not that surprising for the deep-south, but the postis worth a read. Over 14,000 people have liked it on Facebook from all over the world.
Taylor’s thoughts and the commentary (below)that followed makes for a much needed discussion about intolerance, racialstereotypesand Islamophobia in America - especially in the south.
Find out the story behind Gap’s celebrated Holiday 2013 campaign here.
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