- Georgetown University Law professor Franz Werro referred to one of his Asian students as “Mr. Chinaman” during a class last Thursday.
- “What about you, Mr. Chinaman?” he purportedly asked the student, as he looked around the room in an effort to stimulate class discussion.
- A clip of the incident was posted to Twitter with the caption, “Pro. Werro of @GeorgetownLaw #GeorgetownLaw has a very racist way of conducting his law school ‘cold call.’”
- It was brought to the attention of the university’s dean, Bill Teanor, who then released a statement to members of the Georgetown Law Community. He condemned the use of the slur and acknowledged the need for systemic change at the university.
- The school’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) subsequently provided steps for the school administration to take in order to redress the harm done and to ensure a productive learning environment for all students.
- Although Professor Werro has sent an apology to his students, he has not made a public apology to the school's AAPI population, as of Feb. 12.
Georgetown University Law professor Franz Werro referred to one of his Asian students as “Mr. Chinaman” during a class last Thursday.
While seeking student comments during a class discussion, Werro reportedly looked to an Asian student and asked, “What about you, Mr. Chinaman?”