June Chu is the dean of Yale University’s Pierson College and was hired to advise hundreds of students and create for them “a familiar, comfortable living environment.” She has a PhD in social psychology and is considered a culturally sensitive person, according to The Washington Post. But after students came across her reviews on Yelp, they learned she held opinions that didn’t live up to her pro-multicultural persona.
For instance, after Chu visited a restaurant called The Mochi Store near New Haven, Connecticut, she reviewed it on Yelp, stating, “I am Asian. I know mochi. These are not good and overpriced… I guess if you were a white person who has no clue what mochi is, this would be fine for you.”
In a review of a Japanese restaurant she considered “not authentic,” Chu wrote, “To put it quite simply: if you are white trash, this is the perfect night out for you!”
Beyond picking on the clueless white race, Chu also complained about “low class folks” who were patrons to the local businesses as well as some of the employees she described as “barely educated morons.” The dean was also big on identifying herself as a Chinese American who knows more than the average bear. Screenshots of Chu’s reviews from her now-deleted Yelp account have circulated among concerned students at Pierson who felt her words were “demeaning and offensive.” Yale Daily News called the reviews “insensitive.”
One student said, “I will never be able to look at her in the same way. She needs to formally apologize in person to the college. 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’s surprising, here, is not Chu’s First Amendment-protected opinions, but the fact that she still has her job. This wouldn’t be the case if her comments were directed at non-whites. Chu has since apologized:
“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.
“I am concerned about the shadow that my actions have thrown on my efforts to create an environment in Pierson that respects everyone, and I am especially concerned that it could prevent anyone from coming to me for the support that I offer to all Pierson students. I see that I now have work to do to repair the trust you have all shown me.”
Jonathan Holloway, Yale College’s dean, feels Chu is “terribly sorry” and has no intention of seeking her resignation.
"I think she's doing exactly the right thing by saying, 'I've learned from this, I want to stand by all of you and I hope that you'll stand by me as well,'" he said.
But if you remember, it was just two years ago when the associate head and head of the Sillman College at Yale, the husband and wife team of Erika and Nicholas Christakis, were forced to resign after offending students with their opinion that universities ought not tell students what Halloween costumes are or aren’t offensive. The social justice mobs on campus descended quickly and were relentless until they had the Christakis’s heads. And they prevailed.
We will wait and see if the P.C. Police have their way again.