An activist friend of mine Htin Kyaw with a large following in the
social media re-posted my appeal to the Buddhists of Burma on 15 Nov.
We have been monitoring Burmese language responses to it since.
It generated over 3,000 comments, shared over 8,000 - and attracted
over 94,000 hits - without a single dime spent to "promote it".
Ko Htin Kyaw deleted about 1,000 comments which he thought extremely
'hurtful to me'. I have told him to stop deleting hate comments,
because they are extremely rich data for discourse analysis on
99% of the comments fall under 3 categories:
1) kill all Muslims. Myanmar is a Buddhist nation. Muslims have no
business living here.
2) kill this 'mother-fucker' who made the bullshit appeal.
3) let the Muslims rape his mother, sisters and daughters.
4) the appeal is paid for by the Muslims.
Having spent the last 4-years trying to sensitize the mainstream
Burmese, I have come to conclude that UNDENIABLE FACTS and ANALYSES do
not change self-un-aware RACISTS - deeds or thoughts.
I went ahead and made this appeal, anyway in hopes of picking up a
handful of fellow Burmese as allies in the fight against the rising
Genocidal Racism in my own country.