“People like us have always faced hardship, often with public approval,” said Emily Magma, a painter living in Austin, Texas. “Sometimes it’s a quizzical look, sometimes an offhanded comment, or for example with Donald Trump, a direct insult. Normally I would just tough it out, but with the vitriol on mainstream news networks, I feel like now is the time to act.”
Ready for change, Emily joined Fire Drapes, an organization representing approximately 12 million red haired Americans. Their mission is to raise awareness of discrimination redheaded people face on a routine basis.
“We just want to be treated the same as everyone else. The hate we receive isn’t just through words anymore, November 20 is the international “Kick a Ginger Day.” There have been reports of redheads being beaten in schoolyards and on the streets in the US, Canada, and the UK,” said Andrew Rosebed, President of Fire Drapes.
“When I saw Donald Trump being attacked over and over again on apparently professional news networks, I knew something had to be done. First on the list is to prohibit the term “ginger,” which we consider a slur of pigment. Ginger is of course just an anagram of nigger. The label we prefer is Amber American. Although we are far from having true equality, Donald Trump has given us the momentum needed to make a real difference.”