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‘Delta Omicron Epsilon’: Billionaire banker Rich Handler makes derogatory ‘Wuhan’ reference on Instagram

Rich Handler
  • 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. 

US is ‘better off with fewer Asians, less Asian immigration,’ says tenured UPenn professor

University of Pennsylvania (Penn) tenured law professor Amy Wax
  • 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”). 

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‘Mayor Wuhan’: Boston leader Michelle Wu flooded with racist comments after COVID-19 vaccine policy

Michelle Wu

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.” 

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith apologizes after rant on MLB phenom Shohei Ohtani’s ‘marketability’

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. 

‘China Kinda Sus’: Student Club Poster at Illinois High School Accused of Racism

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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.”