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Newspaper Employee Termination for Racism Shows Accountability That Fox Lacks

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Newspaper Employee Termination for Racism Shows Accountability That Fox Lacks


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

28 August 2014

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Kenneth Lee | Acting Chief Executive Officer

202 223 5500 | klee@ocanational.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), applauds the Philadelphia Public Record and Jimmy Tayoun Sr. for their quick termination of the employee responsible for an anti-Asian photo caption.

On August 21, 2014, the Philadelphia Public Record used racial slurs in a photo caption associating the Asian Americans in its headline with names such as, “Chinky Winky”, “Dinky Do”, and “Me Too.” Though Jimmy Tayoun Sr., the publisher of the paper, initially said that the names were the result of a “proofreading error”, he later apologized. On Monday, August 25, Tayoun terminated the employee who was said to be responsible for writing the racist slurs in the caption and said he spoke with “haste the other day about the deplorable error in our Aug. 21 issue.”

“OCA applauds the Philadelphia Public Record and Jimmy Tayoun Sr. for their apology and termination of the individual responsible for the racist caption. We also want to recognize OCA Philadelphia and other Asian Pacific American groups for their quick response to this incident,” said Ken Lee, OCA Acting CEO. “Organizations and individuals must be accountable for their language, and the usage of anti-Asian slurs is never acceptable under any circumstance. Likewise, FOX should have terminated Bob Beckel after his statements about Chinese and Chinese Americans. It is unacceptable that he is still on the air after the string of racist statements he’s made over the years.”

In a July edition of “The Five”, co-host Bob Beckel made the following statements: “The Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the United States,” Beckel said. “You know what they just did? As usual, we bring them over here, and we teach a bunch of Chinamen– uh, Chinese people how to do computers. They go back to China and they hack into us.” More information can be found on the OCA website.

“Xenophobic and anti-Asian rhetoric appear in our newspapers, our television shows, and even in our politics,” said Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President. “As an Asian Pacific American civil rights organization, we cannot stand by and allow prominent institutions and individuals to continue using such slurs. Of course, as a singular entity, we cannot combat every racist remark. Our priority concern is not to protest every instance of racism, but to educate, to provide a historical perspective, and to correct the systematic root causes that continue to allow the usage of such language.”

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