‘Delta Omicron Epsilon’: Billionaire banker Rich Handler makes derogatory ‘Wuhan’ reference on Instagram
- Rich Handler, billionaire CEO of the investment bank Jeffries Financial Group, referenced the variants of COVID in a public Instagram story last Thursday.
- “Delta Omicron Epsilon is the National Honor Society for Economics Majors, not the three towns next to Wuhan,” he wrote.
- Handler tested positive for COVID in Dec. 2021, shortly after requesting staff stay home and work remotely due to the Omicron variant.
In a public Instagram Story posted on Thursday, Jeffries Financial Group CEO Rich Handler made a joke referring to “Wuhan” and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Handler, who became a billionaire in 2021, has a notable social media presence, as noted by Bloomberg in a recent profile that referred to his “offbeat Instagrams.” His official profile has about 30,000 followers.
- University of Pennsylvania (Penn) tenured law professor Amy Wax made racist statements denouncing Asian immigration to the U.S. following a conversation with Brown University economics professor Glenn Loury.
- In her online response to one of Loury’s fans, Wax wrote of Asians’ alleged “desire to please the elite,” “conformity and obsequiousness” and “timidity toward centralized authority,” ultimately concluding that “the United States is better off with fewer Asians and less Asian immigration.”
- Penn Law School dean Theodore Ruger condemned the remarks but defended Wax’s right to “academic freedom principles” under tenure.
University of Pennsylvania (Penn) law professor and second-generation immigrant Amy Wax made anti-Asian and xenophobic remarks following a conversation with fellow Ivy League professor Glenn Loury on his podcast “The Glenn Show” (“TGS”).
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said her office has been bombarded with racist comments since her announcement of vaccine requirements for entry into indoor establishments.
Driving the news: On Monday, Wu said that individuals entering indoor spaces for dining, fitness and entertainment must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination starting January 2022. The policy has been introduced as “B Together.”
Sports commentator Stephen A. Smith made a public apology Monday night after his xenophobic rant on Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani drew backlash online.
Controversial comments: During his ESPN show, “First Take,” on Monday, Smith claimed Ohtani’s rise in Major League Baseball (MLB) would potentially harm the sport because he doesn’t speak English.
A home security camera captured a gay couple subjected to homophobic and xenophobic verbal insults on Saturday evening over a parking space dispute in Virginia.
A man was filmed yelling anti-Asian slurs at a Stop Asian Hate rally in Richmond, British Columbia on Sunday.
What happened: The man hurled anti-Chinese slurs at members of the local Asian community, which organized the rally to raise awareness on anti-Asian hate and encourage cross-cultural dialogues to fight racism.
A student club poster at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Ill., that took a jab at China has reportedly sparked outrage among parents and state lawmakers.
A call for conservatives: The poster recruits students to join the school’s chapter of Turning Point USA (TPUSA), a nonprofit that aims to “identify, educate, train and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets and limited government.”
A store in Louisiana has recently drawn backlash over its sign refusing “admittance to any Chinese Communist MoFo.”
Louis Pizzolatto, the owner of collectibles store Coin & Treasure on Lafayette’s Congress Street, allegedly put the sign up last year to condemn the Chinese Communist Party, the Acadiana Advocate reported.
An Australian reporter has come under fire after sharing photos of her family in “Wuhan bats” costumes for Halloween.
Caroline Marcus, who works with Sky News, dressed up as a “Wuhan street vendor” along with her husband Jake Swarts, while they put their young son in a bat costume.
A graphic poster depicting Chinese President Xi Jinping as “BAT MAN,” which was displayed in a restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden, has divided opinions on social media.
Canada has received more reports of anti-Asian incidents related to COVID-19 than the U.S., according to its first national report published this month.
A profanity-laced note found in Melbourne, Australia proclaimed Chinese people as “murderers” and demanded that they return to their “own, s***-filled China.”
The handwritten message, soon reported to the police, was left in a store located at a shopping strip in Clayton Road, City of Monash.