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Pfizer excludes Asian, white applicants from 9-year scholarship program

  • Pfizer is excluding Asian and white applicants from its new nine-year program for scholarships and guaranteed employment.
  • Open to undergraduate students in their junior year, the “Breakthrough Fellowship Program” will offer an initial 10-week summer internship, two years of full-time employment after undergraduate graduation, a fully-paid two-year MBA, MPH or MS Statistics program, another summer internship between the first and second years of the chosen master’s program, and finally, employment with Pfizer after graduation.
  • Lawyers have questioned the legality of the program, citing federal laws that prohibit racial discrimination in both contracting and employment.
  • However, a Pfizer spokesperson said the company has “every confidence that all of our actions comply fully with all U.S. employment laws.”
  • While banning Asian and white applicants from the new program, Pfizer also said it is an “equal opportunity employer,” citing availability of supposedly similar programs “throughout the year.”

Pfizer has excluded Asian and white applicants in its new “Breakthrough Fellowship Program,” a nine-year commitment that aims to boost minority representation in its workforce.

Available to undergraduate students in their junior year, the program will offer an initial 10-week summer internship, two years of full-time employment after undergraduate graduation, a fully paid two-year MBA, MPH or MS Statistics program, another summer internship between the first and second years of the chosen master’s program, and finally, employment with Pfizer after graduation.

Sikh man’s lawsuit alleges Sutter County delayed hate crime investigation, cops washed away evidence

  • Rouble Claire, a 66-year-old Sikh American man from Sutter County, California, has filed a lawsuit against the county, its deputies and two women he accused of racist threats.
  • According to court documents, a woman subjected Claire to verbal abuse and racist threats at the South Butte Market on May 11, 2021. No officers arrived to check on him after he called 911.
  • He was also threatened at his home by a different woman on the same day.
  • "I have been subject to threats, harassment, and racial slurs – yet almost a full year later, no one has been held accountable," Claire said in a statement.
  • Claire’s lawyers, Gina Szeto-Wong and Sean Tamura-Sato, filed a civil lawsuit against the defendants and are now preparing for the first hearing in August.

A first-generation Sikh American has filed a lawsuit against Sutter County in California, its deputies and two women he accused of racist threats. 

Rouble Claire, 66, reportedly suffered verbal abuse and racist threats at the South Butte Market in Sutter on May 11, 2021.

A third of Asian Americans have changed their daily routine over fears of being attacked, survey finds

  • Three in 10 (36%) Asian Americans have modified their daily routines in the past 12 months over fears of being threatened or attacked, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
  • Three in five (63%) said violence against Asian Americans is increasing, down from last year’s 81%.
  • The survey also found that Asian Americans were the most critical of all racial groups toward their local officials’ response to violence.
  • As for solutions, about half (48%) of Asian American respondents cited stronger laws against hate crimes as the most effective measure in preventing violence.

Three in 10 Asian Americans have modified their daily routines over fears of threats and attacks, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Polling 365 Asians — from a larger sample of 10,156 U.S. adults — between April 12 and April 18, the survey found that 36% have made such changes in the past 12 months, convinced that they might be targeted because of their race or ethnicity.

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?” 

Asian Americans Suffer the Most from Racial Discrimination, Study Finds

A recent study found that racial and ethnic discrimination has far-reaching negative effects on minority adolescent development, with Asian Americans and Latino Americans suffering the most in regards to socio-emotional well-being.

Led by Dr. Aprile D. Benner, associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, the landmark paper looked at the results of over 214 studies to determine the extent to which perceived discrimination impacted adolescent well-being in three domains: socio-emotional, academic and behavioral.

New Jersey High School Teacher Targets Korean Students to Tell Them She ‘Hates Koreans’

Leaders of several Korean-American organizations are pushing prestigious Bergen County Academies officials to take action against a Spanish teacher who deliberately made anti-Korean comments in front of her students.

Last week, the unnamed teacher asked some of her 11th grade students at the highly-competitive magnet school in Hackensack, New Jersey about their culture and how she loved them. However, she explicitly told them how she “hated Koreans”, according to Korea Daily.

Vancouver to Give Formal Apology to Chinese Victims of Historical Racial Discrimination

Vancouver’s civic government announced its plan to host an event in April 2018 where it will deliver a formal apology to victims of racial discrimination in the Chinese community, which was legislated by previous city leaders between 1886 and 1947.

The 2017 city council made the decision on Wednesday after hearing the tales of some of its Chinese community members about the horrible racial discrimination their deceased family members encountered.