Jalen Drummond, a black intern at the White House, faced ridicule, racism, and more over his decision to work for President Donald Trump this summer.
The University of Alabama graduate faced heavy criticism after the White House interns' photo surfaced on the internet, featuring his smiling face amid a sea of other interns.
What are the details?
In addition to criticism he faced on the internet, website Funny or Die even made Drummond's appearance in the photo a meme, comparing him to the black protagonist from "Get Out."
The film is a psychological thriller about racism, and features a young black man who meets his white girlfriend's family for the first time. It doesn't go well.
See the meme below.
The meme went viral on Facebook, and many other people piled on Drummond, calling him things like "white n***a," and "house n***a." Others called him an "Uncle Tom."
What has Drummond said about the abuse he's received?
Drummond remains undaunted by his sour online experience and has nothing negative to say about his experience with the president or at the White House.
In a Saturday tweet, Drummond wrote, "It was an incredible honor and privilege serving as one of @realDonaldTrump’s White House interns this summer. Of course, the so called 'tolerant left' wasted no time leveling racist and disgusting rhetoric my way!"
You can see the tweet, which contains screenshots of racial epithets, here.
The same day, Drummond shared a Facebook article detailing his experience at the White House, and the abuse he received from online peers as a result.
Drummond also shared a quote from the book of Matthew, which states, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."
In a since-deleted Facebook posting, Drummond expressed gratitude for the experience.
He wrote, "Thousands of individuals, many of whom are educated at Ivy League institutions and have connections to power, applied for one of these few coveted spots. Every single morning when I walked through the White House gates, I would pinch myself to remember that this wasn’t a dream."
He added, "I say that because never in a million years would I have thought that such an opportunity would be bestowed upon me, an average kid who was raised in rural east Alabama and educated at a poor county school. However, we truly serve an almighty God and his plans are much bigger than man’s expectations. Serving as an intern in the Trump White House has been an experience of a lifetime, and I have made friendships that I will cherish forever."
According to Alabama's Randolph Leader, Drummond was recently appointed to serve as an adviser to Secretary Dr. Ben Carson in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Drummond began his job on Sept. 4.
After he graduated from the University of Alabama — and before interning at the White House — Drummond interned with Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers (R) and served with Luther Strange's campaign for U.S. Senate.