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Georgetown Law professor caught addressing an Asian student as ‘Mr. Chinaman’ in viral video

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  • 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?”