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Dr. Carol L. Folt
University of Southern California
Dear President Folt,
I am writing to express my disappointment and outrage that the University of Southern California was recently named to the list of the Top Ten Most Racist Colleges & Universities released by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
As the report notes, USC’s website proudly lists a multitude of “Student Equity and Inclusion Programs” which are designed to create “a sense of belonging” for all students. But when Communications Professor Greg Patton attempted to educate his students about Chinese linguistic patterns, explaining the meaning of a Chinese word that—to the uneducated ear of American students—sounded similar to the N-word, he was reported as a racist and suspended from teaching the class.
Instead of explaining to the complaining students that they were displaying cultural insensitivity towards the Chinese people and language, USC chose to uphold their absurd and racist complaint against the professor for exposing them to an example of Chinese speech.
I respectfully ask that you immediately apologize to Professor Patton for unfairly labeling him a racist as well as to the Chinese community at USC for the uneducated implication that their language and culture is tantamount to racism.