Yale Dean Apologizes For ‘White Trash’ Comment After Getting Caught

A Yale University Dean who considers herself a champion of “cultural sensitivity” has been forced to apologize for referring to people as “white trash” on ratings review websites.

June Chu, the dean of Pierson College, apologized for her “insensitive” Yelp reviews of restaurants, gyms, and movie theaters, including describing what “white trash” customers would like and describing employees as “barely educated morons.”

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It’s important to know that Chu only apologized after being caught by the school newspaper and being exposed.

“To put it quite simply: If you are white trash, this is the perfect night out for you!” Chu wrote in one review of a Japanese restaurant. “This establishment is definitely not authentic by any stretch of any imagination and perfect for those low class folks who believe this is a real night out. Over salted and greasy food. Side note: employees are Chinese, not Japanese.”

Other reviews by Chu, who is of Chinese descent, described her expertise at finding a good Japanese rice cake.

“Remember: I am Asian,” Chu wrote. “I know mocha. These are not good and overpriced. They are ice cream mocha which are small in size and easily become freezer burned if not stored well … I guess if you were a white person who has clue what mocha is, this would be fine for you.”

In a review of a movie theater, she called the employees there “barely educated morons trying to manage snack orders for the obese” while trying to do simple math.

“Unfortunately it’s this or the Hanover Nugget but heaven forbid the Nugget get movies which pander to the masses,” Chu wrote. “You’ve got no choice and like a fool I remain in line with all the other idiots.”

In her apology, sent to all students at the college she heads, she admitted her comments were out of line.

“I have learned a lot this semester about the power of words and about the accountability that we owe one another,” Chu wrote in the email. “My remarks were wrong. There are no two ways about it. Not only were they insensitive in matters related to class and race; they demean the values to which I hold myself and which I offer as a member of this community.”

Students were not convinced.

“I will never be able to look at her the same way,” one unidentified student told the  student newspaper. “She needs to formally apologize in person to the college. Dean Chu is trained in human development and psychology so [she] should clearly understand the gravity of her actions, yet the fact that she would put such things on the internet shows that she really should not be in a position of advising students.”

H/T: The New York Post



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