Yesterday morning, Generic Good Morning Message (GGMM), a popular email update at Dartmouth commented on the selection of President Jim Yong Kim. The comments were racist as hell, and consequently made a lot of people very angry. GGMM managed to pull out just about every Asian-directed xenophobic comment in the book. Including saying of Dr. Kim’s election:
It was a complete supplies.
Oh yeah you can totally tell from Dr. Kim’s resume and his mission trips to Uganda that he definitely a super villain. Let’s not leave out the part where everyone in Asia—except the kids from Slumdog Millionaire, they will always live in the slums if the press have any say—works in a Chinese restaurant and steals jobs from white people with hands:
Unless “Jim Yong Kim” means “I love Freedom” in Chinese, I don’t want anything to do with him. Dartmouth is America, not Panda Garden Rice Village Restaurant.
Y’all get ready for an Asianification under the guise of diversity under the actual Malaysian-invasion leadership instituted under the guise of diversity. It’s a slippery slope we are on. I for one want Democracy and apple pie, not Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen.
Read the email’s full text along with an “explanation” offered by Dartmouth’s Office of Pluralism and Leadership—cough, sucks at their jobs, cough—after the jump.
Date: March 3, 2009 11:06:39 AM EST
Subject: Good Morning
This is the Generic Good Morning Message for March 3, 2009.
Yesterday came the announcement that President of the College James Wright will be replaced by Chinaman Kim Jim Yong. And a little bit of me died inside.
It was a complete supplies.
On July 1, yet another hard-working American’s job will be taken by an immigrant willing to work in substandard conditions at near-subsistent wage, saving half his money and sending the rest home to his village in the form of traveler’s checks. Unless “Jim Yong Kim” means “I love Freedom” in Chinese, I don’t want anything to do with him. Dartmouth is America, not Panda Garden Rice Village Restaurant.
Y’all get ready for an Asianification under the guise of diversity under the actual Malaysian-invasion leadership instituted under the guise of diversity. It’s a slippery slope we are on. I for one want Democracy and apple pie, not Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen. I know I sure as shit won’t ever be eating my Hop dubs bubs with chopsticks. I like to use my own two American hands.
According to a response late last night by The Interns, the GGMM’s message was initially intended to be “humorous and satirical” but instead “was executed in poor
taste and offended many people in our community, as well as in the entire campus.” Thanks Interns. Evidently, the authors of the blitz will be issuing a public apology, shoegazing (like the music but more forlorn) at a number of focus groups, and organizing some sort of masquerade ball for President Kim.
Meanwhile at IvyGate, we caught onto this whole drama yesterday and really wanted to write something sooner. But honestly, being racist is soooo 20th century, and they didn’t have blogs that long ago.
Here’s the full response from The Interns, courtesy of Dartlog:
Date: 04 Mar 2009 01:25:38 -0500
From: Pan Asian Council
Subject: Update on GGMM incident
Tonight the PAC interns and Elaine met with Sylvia Spears, Molly Bode, and representatives from the Inter-Community Council, Diversity Peer Advisor interns, and a member of General Good Morning Message (not the writer) to discuss the blitz that was sent out this morning.
As you now know, a blitz intended to be satirical and humorous was executed in poor taste and offended many people in our community, as well as in the entire campus. It has been made clear that no one on any level thinks what happened this morning was in any way acceptable, GGMM writers included. All 7 writers of the GGMM realize the gravity of the statements made in the blitz, regardless of intent, and are taking internal measures towards a resolution. The blitz from this morning will no longer be circulated.
- Tomorrow, the author and the members of GGMM will send out a campus-wide blitz apologizing to the Asian & Asian-American community, as well as Dartmouth as a whole, acknowledging not only the lack of oversight on GGMM’s part, but also the deeply offensive nature of the blitz’s contents.
-The author will be utilizing OPAL’s resources to address underlying and perhaps subconscious biases that led to the blitz being composed and sent out.
-Upper level members of the Administration will be meeting tomorrow morning to assess the situation. This issue is being taken very serious. More information to come after President Wright and administrators meet.
In the near future:
-Students will collaborate to organize a reception for President-Elect Kim. We hope to demonstrate to Dr. Kim that all of campus is very excited for his arrival.
-The author will compose a formal apology to President-Elect Kim. [sic]
Additionally, the PAC Interns will be working with Nora and Elaine to address the impact of this blitz within our community. Please feel free to contact any of the PAC interns, Elaine, Nora, or any other OPAL staff if you are upset and/or have any concern. The Diversity Peer Advisors are also a great resource. They’re student peers who are trained to talk about diversity issues like this. Blitz DPA if you’d
like to set up a meeting with a peer advisor.
Please pass this information on to your membership and let us know of any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your concern and patience during this time. It’s been a long day for many of us and all of us at PAC appreciate how students have risen to address this situation.
Have a good night. We will keep you posted.
The PAC Interns
Aimee, Ava & Erin
Office of Pluralism and Leadership
Correction: An earlier version of this post falsely stated the name of the author who wrote the GGMM message in question. Apparently, Dartmouth’s blitz system only allows these group messages to run through certain email addresses, and he forwarded this one from their intern, Lozar Theofilactidis, without reading its contents. Lozar’s signature was left off of the original quote:
Lozar Theofilactidis comes unto you with this gift and begs your approval.
Accept him as you would accept your own and together we will live in harmony.