I'm one of Claira's classmates from school; we have been friends since sophomore year of college. Inspired by a similar GoFundMe started for Claira in 2019 when she was going through a familial crisis, we decided to start this GoFundMe yesterday upon learning that she was conveniently rescinded from Deloitte a day after she went viral. Claira was set to begin a two-week remote internship at Deloitte and she had a conditional full-time offer. She is not in a financially stable situation; she is an orphan with no living blood relatives who lost her single mother in 2019 to ovarian cancer and she attended Harvard on full financial aid.
For those of you who don't know, a few of Claira's TikToks went viral in certain right wing circles online. In one of these videos, Claira made an analogy about the pure stupidity of the phrase "all lives matter" by comparing it to someone complaining about their paper cut while another person in front of them was stabbed to death. It is baffling how one could interpret Claira's TikTok as a genuine death threat and yet ignore the fact that there are Black people who legitimately face this kind of violence every day: who are stabbed, who are shot, who are choked, who are injected with ketamine.
People are calling Claira a "domestic terrorist" for her TikTok, but this is just a convenient excuse to punch down a woman of color who has the bravery to speak truth to power. In fact, the first TikTok that caught the attention of right wing Twitter was actually one where Claira was simply derided for being a "liberal elite having a conversation with herself instead of an actual Trump supporter." Frankly, it is clear that no matter how the content of Claira's message was delivered, she would have been punished for it.
I am asking you to support Claira financially if you have the means. The amount of vitriol on Twitter and the extent to which people are willing to ruin Claira's life, both publicly and from private messages she has sent to me, are shocking. Do not ever let the irony of a group of people who condemn Claira as a domestic terrorist and yet endorse a president who jokes that he could "shoot people and not lose voters" ever be lost on you. Do not let it escape you that the same group of people who are calling Claira violent and unstable for her joke (and who, for the record, believe that "All Lives Matter") are sending her personalized rape and death threats.
For the physical safety of the donor, I also want it to be clear that supporting this GoFundMe need not be interpreted as an endorsement of Claira's TikTok, only a statement of solidarity towards a young woman of color whose life has been irreversibly ruined by people who are willfully ignorant and cruel. I would also recommend that you donate anonymously unless you feel comfortable having your name be shared. As the organizer of this fundraiser, I have also personally received threats from people and want to prepare you for the possibility that your adjacency to Claira might have the same consequences.
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