Had a good laugh at this.
SF Chronicle wrote an article titled: Is the Millennial about to give away to the... Yuccie?
Originally, the picture featured not only a picture of me (from behind, without my face showing) but they have also included an entire bio that I have written for a separate piece. The article speaks about a new generation of privileged people called "Yuccies". They defined Yuccie as,
“Young Urban Creatives,” he writes. “In a nutshell, a slice of Generation Y, borne of suburban comfort, indoctrinated with the transcendent power of education, and infected by the conviction that not only do we deserve to pursue our dreams; we should profit from them.”
Beyond this, the article points out that this group of people did not include:
- People of Color (claiming that Yuccie's were afraid of them)
- Sponsored Instagram posts
- Shops on Etsy and takes Barre classes
The opposite of the Yuccie is described as:
- Going to a state school
- People of color
- Having to support siblings or other family
- Speak another language at home
- Work two or three jobs normally
It was a little disbelieving how incredibly wrong this article was in assume (and leading people to assume) that I was a "Yuccie" when in fact, I was very much more in line with the opposite. I have issued a public response to San Francisco Chronicle, demanding a correction. Not only does having my picture (strategically leaving out any trace of where my skin color is shown) make me look bad, it was incredibly insulting to have someone make an assumption that stripped you of your identities.
This was my response:
As the person in the picture, I'd like to clear something.
I am a PoC, Filipino American. DEGUZMAN. 1st generation as my parents moved here right before I was born.
Working for Twilio is the first time I haven't had to work multiple jobs
I worked three jobs to pay for my state college education.
A majority of my work is focused on social justice
I speak publicly against brogrammer culture
I've never taken a barre class
Please check your facts, @Sfchronicle
SF Chronicle has since removed my picture and any tweet that included a photo of me in relation to the article. I have not received an apology, nor an admittance of wrong doing or irresponsible journalism. Needless to say, I will not be working with SF Chronicle again.