What do you call a Korean American with a dual M.D./Ph.D. and an impressive resume?
Answer: A [racial slur omitted].
So Jim Yong Kim was named president of Dartmouth. How did the Dartmouth community welcome him? Why, they sent out a mass e-mail using a racial slur, the switched R/L thing, the poke-fun-at-the-name thing, references to Chinese restaurants, Charlie Chan and the Dragon Queen and suggestions that Kim is not a real American. From Angry Asian Man:
>Date: March 3, 2009 11:06:39 AM EST
Subject: Good Morning
This is the Generic Good Morning Message for March 3, 2009.
Yesterday came the announcement that President of the College James Wright will be replaced by Chinaman Kim Jim Yong. And a little bit of me died inside.
It was a complete supplies.
On July 1, yet another hard-working American’s job will be taken by an immigrant willing to work in substandard conditions at near-subsistent wage, saving half his money and sending the rest home to his village in the form of traveler’s checks. Unless “Jim Yong Kim” means “I love Freedom” in Chinese, I don’t want anything to do with him. Dartmouth is America, not Panda Garden Rice Village Restaurant.
Y’all get ready for an Asianification under the guise of diversity under the actual Malaysian-invasion leadership instituted under the guise of diversity. It’s a slippery slope we are on. I for one want Democracy and apple pie, not Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen. I know I sure as shit won’t ever be eating my Hop dubs bubs with chopsticks. I like to use my own two American hands.
I bet you can guess the response, because I did. Satire! Poor attempt at humor! No intention to offend!
Yet again we see a demonstration of white people’s inability to think critically.
“We cannot stress enough the intention behind this message was not malicious,” Courtney Davis ‘09, a member of the GGMM staff, said in an e-mail to the listserv. “The writer is full of regret; did not intend to offend anyone, and has committed to meeting with others, from diverse backgrounds, to learn as many lessons as possible from this experience. Although the GGMM is a listserv administered by six students and is not affiliated with the College in any way, we recognize the impact that this unfortunate incident has had on the community.”
So at least two members of the GGMM staff thought this was an appropriate thing to send out. First, the idiot who wrote it. Second, the idiot who approved it and sent it through to the listserv.
Notice again the emphasis on intention, which is very important to white people. They just can’t stress enough that the intention was not malicious. The writer did not intend to offend any one. Everybody, be on alert! You need to understand the feelings of the racists! You need to understand that they did not mean anything by this and that it was completely unintentional that they typed a plethora of racial slurs and stereotypes and insults and sent it as a mass e-mail.
Note also that the GGMM has not named the writer. So if this isn’t really such a big deal, why isn’t s/he standing up and taking credit for this satire?
In addition, this incident is a good example of how racist incidents encourage and embolden other racists. Clearly there are more than just three racists at Dartmouth. From the posts at the Dartmouth Review:
Just when you thought this hilariously over-blown situation was about to resolve itself, the institutional activists (OPAL interns) snapped into action with an emergency meeting with campus power brokers Molly Bode, Sylvia Spears (of OPAL), and the Inter-Community Council. The outcome of this meeting was the drafting of a list of (non-binding) “punishments” for the author of the original satire:
Got that? Hilariously over-blown.
The following blitz was sent by “AfriCaSo” this afternoon, purportedly in response to an offensive blitz (reproduced below) which was sent out yesterday regarding Jim Yong Kim’s appointment. Dartlog also urges its readers to remain calm in the face of this admittedly sophomoric missive–only the specially-trained first responders at OPAL are qualified to deal with this calamity, which in our estimation scores somewhere between the Rape of Nanking and Japanese internment on the Richter Scale of injustice.
What the fuck.
So you can see that as in the Miley Cyrus incident, this isn’t just about the racist action of one person. It’s about a racist system that encourages and furthers racism. It’s about institutional racism and a culture of racism that leads people to believe that this is perfectly acceptable.
Because you know, it’s just a joke. Dr. Kim may be highly respected in some circles. But in others, he’s obviously just a [racial slur omitted].