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From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Yale University on Thursday suspended one of its deans in connection with a series of classist and sometimes racially charged reviews on the website Yelp, the Associated Press reports.
June Chu, the suspended administrator, didn’t immediately return calls or comments to the Associated Press on Thursday. Ms. Chu, dean of Pierson College, fell under scrutiny after the Yale Daily News reported she had used the crowdsourcing website to take shots at restaurants and businesses around New Haven, Conn.
It’s not uncommon for a professor’s online activities to cause outrage, but Ms. Chu is a bit of an anomaly in that her remarks were not on Facebook or Twitter, but rather Yelp. For the most part, the views expressed on that site focus on the quality of a business. It’s not a place where one might expect to find controversy, but Ms. Chu’s reviews were often offensive.
“To put it quite simply: if you are white trash, this is the perfect night out for you!” she wrote in one review of a Japanese restaurant.
Another good quote from Dean Chu:
“I am Asian, I know rice!”
Okay, it’s not exactly surprising that a diversicrat like Dean Chu, who is sort of a glorified resident adviser at a Yale dorm (and RAs tend to be the Shock Workers of the Anti-Microaggression Front), is an anti-white racist jerk.
But do we really need employers policing their employees’ Yelp reviews?
An anonymous commenter adds:
“June Chu’s hatred of White people is purely racial and has nothing to do with class/economics.”
If you actually look closely at this case, I think you have it backwards. And I say this as someone who is sympathetic to the view that much diversity-mongering/SJWism amounts to nothing more than proving that cishet white men are BAD.
In fact, I think this case is actually more interesting than people are letting on. For Dean Chu, it seems that being an SJW is “just a job”. I see NO sign of ideological SJWism in her yelp reviews. Instead, they seem to reveal her as she “really” is: a wannabe hipster snob with a high-class job. She plays that role in a distinctly Chinese-American way, but ultimately it is the snobbery that stands out.
If you read her reviews, she shows a disdain not only for low-class whites, but also low-class blacks and Asians. Her comment about a movie theater not being “sketch” (I think she spelled it exactly that way) is a dig at New Haven blacks. Her comment about the workers at a “Japanese” restaurant being Chinese is a dig a low-class Chinese workers. She is “allowed” to make this comment because she is Chinese herself, so it seems… But she is the RIGHT sort of Chinese person, the sort that has the right sort of job and the right place in society.
It seems that people are framing this story as involving either: 1) whether the left has to punish one of their own in order not to appear utterly hypocritical, or 2) (as Steve frames it above) whether it is actually a good thing that employers are monitoring online postings, even if they do so “non-ideologically”. But it really seems to me that this case aligns with another theme that Steve has pushed in many posts, that SJWism is really a career path. Dean Chu seems to be, in real life, a snob that feels justified in her snobbery because she has SUCCEEDED in her chosen career. She doesn’t need to actually believe that stuff in real life.