Tech executive Michael Lofthouse, who was filmed hurling racist insults at an Asian family in a San Francisco restaurant on July 4, has stepped down as CEO of Solid8.
Lofthouse said in a statement that he stepped down earlier this week, after he shouted insults at an Asian family celebrating a birthday at a restaurant in Carmel, California, on July 4.
On Saturday, he San Francisco Chronicle that he hopes to speak to the family he attacked,
“My comments towards the families involved were racist, hurtful and deeply inappropriate. The reactions to what was said have been deserved.”
I can confirm that I have stepped down from Solid8, terminating all business relationships with immediate effect. I will make it my duty to ensure my personal actions do not continue to have a detrimental impact on those people closest to me.”
During the incident, Lofthouse was filmed by Jordan Chan, who posted the clip to Instagram in which Lofthouse held up his middle finger and told her family:
“Trump’s gonna f**k you. You f*****g need to leave. You f*****g Asian piece of s**t.”
Lofthouse was then told to leave by an employee of the restaurant.
He later apologized saying,
“This was clearly a moment where I lost control and made incredibly hurtful and divisive comments. I would like to deeply apologize to the Chan family.”
The Lofthouse clip is just one in a string of filmed incidents of white people inflicting racist threats. Amy Cooper was from Franklin Templeton after calling the police on Black birdwatcher Christian Cooper, while a couple in St Louis, later identified as lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey, were filmed pointing guns at protesters last month.
A Change.org petition calling for Lofthouse’s resignation gathered more than 23,000 signatures.
For me it’s hard to believe his apology is sincere once you see the video or read his comments threatening Ahmed Omer on social media after being called out for his despicable behavior.
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❗️❗️❗️SHARE THIS POST❗️❗️❗️ Trigger warning: Racism, Vulgar Language (FYI he had a LOT more to say after I stopped recording) This is the face of the man who relentlessly harassed my family and I completely UNPROVOKED, UNWARRANTED, and UNCONSCIONABLE. We were celebrating my tita’s birthday, literally just singing happy birthday to her and taking pictures, when this white supremacist starts yelling disgusting racist remarks at us. (“Fuck you Asians” “Go back to whatever fucking Asian country you’re from” “You don’t belong here”) It is no coincidence that this man has the audacity to showcase such blatant racism on the 4th of July. White supremacy has a notorious habit of masquerading as patriotism! The fact that Donald Trump is our president (i.e. THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD) gives racists a platform and amplifies voices of hate. The surfacing of racists is so prevalent right now, even in such an ethnically/culturally diverse and liberal state like California, because Trump HIMSELF uses his position to incite racial tension and to promote aggression towards POC, foreigners, and immigrants. We need change! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE VOTE THIS UPCOMING RE-ELECTION. PROTECT ALL PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF SKIN COLOR AND ETHNIC ORIGIN. ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿
(Photo, Jordan Chan; via Forbes)