Student Group Claims Cornell’s Coronavirus Concerns Stem from ‘Xenophobic Perceptions of Asian People’
“To see the administration demonized with false accusations of racism, xenophobia and ‘white supremacy’ is despicable.”
Our very own Professor Jacobson is quoted in this story.
FOX News reports:
Student group: Cornell’s coronavirus concerns stem from ‘xenophobic perceptions of Asian people’
A Cornell University student group declared on Tuesday that the school is “buying into Sinophobic rhetoric” and “racist fear mongering” because it sent a mass email about the coronavirus.
The university recently sent out a public health update email to students and staff about a potential coronavirus case on campus, prompting Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine to condemn the prestigious institution.
“Cornell administration sent out a so-called public health update claiming that one of its students ‘presented symptoms that met criteria for testing for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.’The student is currently undergoing treatment and we wish them a speedy recovery. It remains a complete mystery to us, however, why Cornell thought it appropriate to publicly announce these facts via mass email,” the group wrote in a scathing Facebook post.
The pro-Palestine student group complained that the Office of Student and Campus Life for Health and Wellbeing sent out multiple emails related to the Coronavirus but never emailed students about the “U.S, seasonal flu,” which is also impacting students…
Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson told Fox News his university did the right thing by warning students about the coronavirus.
“The threat posed by a potential pandemic of Wuhan coronavirus is real, and being taken seriously by governments around the world, including in Asia. I applaud the Cornell administration for taking a proactive and caring approach,” Jacobson said. “To see the administration demonized with false accusations of racism, xenophobia and ‘white supremacy’ is despicable.”
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