Yale dean takes leave amidst racist Yelp review controversy

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Dean June Chu at Yale University has been placed on leave after allegedly racist Yelp reviews of local establishments recently surfaced. In an investigation conducted by The Yale Daily News, it was revealed that Chu left reviews that contained discriminatory remarks about white people and the poor.

In one review, Chu referred to fellow customers at a local restaurant as “white trash” and “low class folks”. In another review, Chu celebrated that a movie theater lacked “sketchy crowds.”  In other reviews, Chu complains about having to “remain in line with all the other idiots” at a movie theater, complaining of the “barely educated morons trying to manage snack orders for the obese.”

Dean of Student Affairs Camille Lizarribar informed Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway of the controversial posts that had been going viral among students for months. Chu apologized in an email to Pierson College.

Chu stated in her apology:

“I have learned a lot this semester about the power of words and about the accountability that we owe one another. 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.”

Kelsang Dolma, a student at Yale’s Pierson College, told the Daily News:

“It is always so refreshing to see an Asian American woman in leadership positions, and many of my female and POC friends were eager to see what she would do for us. I look forward to continue having [Chu] as my dean, but this incident has left me and other Piersonites disillusioned.”

Other comments on Chu’s actions include:

“These reviews make it clear how Dean Chu thinks about people who are different from her, and how she feels about New Haven, the city all of us call home for a few years.”

“I will never be able to look at her in the same way.”

“Dean Chu is trained in human development and psychology so 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.”

What do you think about Chu being placed on leave following her racist comments? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

(H/T Campus Reform)


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