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USC Prof Placed on Temporary Leave for Using Chinese Word That Sounds Like Racial Slur in English

USC Prof Placed on Temporary Leave for Using Chinese Word That Sounds Like Racial Slur in English

“Recently, a USC faculty member during class used a Chinese word that sounds similar to a racial slur in English. We acknowledge the historical, cultural and harmful impact of racist language”

https://twitter.com/cabot_phillips/status/1301516424276578305

Professor Greg Patton teaches at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. During a recent online lesson, he spoke about how different words can sound in different languages.

Without any apparent harmful intent, he pointed out how something sounds in Chinese, and some people heard a racist word. He has since been placed on temporary leave.

Ben Zeisloft reported at Campus Reform:

USC prof no longer teaching after using Chinese word that sounds like racial slur

A communications professor at the University of California’s Marshall School of Business is on a short-term break after saying a Chinese word that sounds similar to an English language racial slur.

During a recent online class, Greg Patton, who is an “expert in communication, interpersonal and leadership effectiveness,” according to his faculty bio, explained the usage of a Chinese filler word for “that,” comparing it to the usage of “like,” “um,” and other American filler words.

On Tuesday evening, the USC Marshall School of Business provided Campus Reform with a statement, confirming that Patton is no longer teaching his course.

“Recently, a USC faculty member during class used a Chinese word that sounds similar to a racial slur in English. We acknowledge the historical, cultural and harmful impact of racist language,” the statement read.

See the video below:

Brittany Bernstein of National Review has more:

USC is now “offering supportive measures to any student, faculty, or staff member who requests assistance,” the statement added, saying the school is “committed to building a culture of respect and dignity where all members of our community can feel safe, supported, and can thrive.”

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According to a brief bio on the school’s website, Patton is “an expert in communication, interpersonal and leadership effectiveness” who has received “numerous teaching awards, been ranked as one of the top teaching faculty at USC and helped USC Marshall achieve numerous #1 worldwide rankings for Communication and Leadership skill development.”

This is all happening because people ‘thought’ they heard a racist slur.

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I councilman was removed from office for using the word “niggardly”. If your so low IQ you have to look that up it means miserly nothing to do with color.

“USC is now “offering supportive measures to any student, faculty, or staff member who requests assistance,” the statement added, saying the school is “committed to building a culture of respect and dignity where all members of our community can feel safe, supported, and can thrive.”

Oh, for goodness sake, if you can’t handle ONE word, a word that has nothing to do with race, you need to not be in a university atmosphere, but back at home with your blankie and passy.

Whomever wrote this statement for the university……goood grief. I wonder the “assistance” offered…a week off, an automatic A in every class, tenure?

On my first trip to China 15 years ago, I heard this many times.

Not speaking any of the language, it sounded to me like a verbal tic, like “um”. There were only Chinese and this honky.

The phrase “ni ge” is roughly equivalent to “that”, or so my host told me.

But I can see how someone ignorant of language could make the mistake.

    Mr85 in reply to Dr.K. | September 4, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Now when Chinese tourists start throwing around “ha-koy” or “hay-guay”, you realize how racist they are.

If you asked me, a person that is not mature enough to handle this kind of speech, is not mature enough to hold a degree.

Now, picture this: the people in charge of granting the degrees are not mature enough themselves.
Are we at the point of no return?

This appears to be a foreign language variation on a ridiculous controversy in D.C., back in 1999, regarding a city official’s use of the word “niggardly,” at a meeting.

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1999-jan-29-mn-2884-story.html

I’ve always been offended by Ausfahrt verboten.

I would strongly urge all of us not to be niggardly in our judgments, regarding this professor.

Ol' Jim hisself | September 4, 2020 at 9:45 am

I believe the appropriate expression, to lapse into the vernacular, is: “Bat shit crazy”

I only wish that, when I went to college, the administration was as cowardly. I can remember my dean, a former Marine, telling me to go f–k myself when I approached him with a ridiculous scheme.

buckeyeminuteman | September 4, 2020 at 9:53 am

Absolutely ridiculous. I’m tired of hearing about these sort of childish antics. It doesn’t matter what you thought you heard or what he actually said, 1st amendment free speech is no longer protected. We’re doomed.

Don’t be so nega-tive.

Funny how the “n word” is only triggering when a honky says it, and not when a brutha says it.

So it’s not their word! Call out cultural appropriation every time a rap video is played.

What complete insanity.

And in related news a tenured professor at Central Michigan University has been fired for accurately quoting the very Supreme Court case that says it’s illegal to fire him for doing that.

The Court said a public university can fire a faculty member for saying “nigger”, but only if it wasn’t on a matter of public concern, wasn’t tied to any broader matters, wasn’t part of classroom teaching, and “served to advance no academic message”. A law professor quoting the case that he is teaching is obviously part of classroom teaching and advances an academic message, so he can’t be fired for it.

There’s no word about a lawsuit, but surely one is coming. I can’t imagine what defense the university could possibly put up, other than “Would half a million be enough?”. I don’t know whether it would be more shocking if they fired him without consulting their lawyers, or if their lawyers okayed it.

Yeah, that’s offensive. I wonder if the person who reported it has ever said it? ever listened to even a tiny group of people of a certain color talk, just to see if it comes up?
I work in Chinatown, you hear it all day long. It’s their word, probably use it in the bubble tea place…. I’d suspend whoever decided to respond, or put him on that space force flight to mars.

Here is Russell Peters on this exact word.

JackinSilverSpring | September 4, 2020 at 11:33 am

In 2019 movie, Shaft, the N-word is used almost non-stop throughout the movie. Why does Hollywood get a pass on the actual use of the word, but a professor gets suspended when showing how a word sounding the same in another language has an entirely different meaning? Most of the snowflakes objecting probably shouldn’t be in college. BTW, if as the movie portrays, blacks speak to each other using such demeaning words, why is there such objection to non-blacks using them?

It says the university supports respect but it’s highly disrespectful to take a word out of context and act as if it’s another word entirely.

I don’t think this is just cowardice on the part of USC. I think whoever suspended this prof knew perfectly well this was no racial slur. Academia is chock-full of evil totalitarian control freaks, and this could be some Mao wannabe who saw an opportunity to flex their muscle and get some serious street cred with their fellow Communists.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | September 4, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    The larger the organization the more psychopaths are drawn to them.

    The lazy one love to swan around and brag that they are there even though they do as little work as possible.

Next they came for the geometry professor who used the word “hypotenoose

Our neighbors are Chinese – The dad escaped in the 1970’s. The Family owned a restaurant in Chicago’s Chinatown which is on the South Side of the city [22nd & Wentworth]

You should hear what the locals call the Chinese workers at the restaurant! Especially the new arrivals from Hong Kong who have trouble understanding some of the good citizens of Chicago’s South Side.

Cannot repeat…

Racial slur stories sometimes leave me wondering what was said. I have to make up a slur, if I don’t know the ethnicity. E.g. wampum-nose, for Indians.

Most disgusting is not USC firing the guy, but the student who was the rat.

That seems to give (Chinese) Americans leeway in the use of spoken English that leaves us (Other) Americans a depleted word storehouse in an otherwise extremely rich language.

Think of it. That single word, regardless of its context, carries so much power that is use can effectively immobilize the reasoning process in 13% of our population. It acts as a kind of smart bomb to that set of folks, rendering them, not dead, but dysfunctional.

Japanese, Chinese, and Hebrews don’t melt when folks use well- known slurs linking them to their ethnic origins.

As I remember, another prof got into trouble for pronouncing (or mispronouncing) A Vietnamese student’s name that means “happy” in Vietnamese.

All of this nonsense is a power-grab by students to make the faculty give in to their every wish.

In a purity revolution nobody can be pure enough, that’s why the left always eats his own in the end, everybody gets the guillotine.

Amazing. Hard to believe USC is administered by adults! Hard to believe that actress spent $500,000 and two months in jail trying to get her daughter into this university … sounds to me like USC and a YouTube celebrity were meant for each other. They should have recruited the kid.

Political Correctness, followed to it’s ends, is the effort to control thought. There are some words that caucasian people cannot speak, not so with people of color, who can speak and slur with impunity. SJW’s everywhere are rejoicing. Consider this verbal reparations, money to follow.

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