“You may wish that you weren’t Asian”, these was the very first words from the Anti-Asian Racism Resources which was released by Harvard University recently.
While Harvard University intends to promote anti-Asian racism, the official statement from them doesn’t seem so friendly to Asians.
As reported by Fox News, The Ivy League college’s Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) website released a statement which wrote that Asian students may not want to be of their race anymore after experiencing racism but told students to remember that their “ancestors likely went through similar or even worse incidents.”
“They survived by recognizing the beauty and strength of their community,” and “So, seek out or create literature, art, films, shows, and music that highlight your community in a positive light.” as previously written in the statement.
WHAT? Please tell me who wrote “you may wish that you weren’t Asian” on the mental health resources page, why they thought it would be helpful, and how telling me this is supposed to help me feel any sort of racial “pride.” at that, pride in what, exactly?— Matteo Wong (@matteo_wong) March 31, 2021
The matter went viral quickly and some stood up to criticize the statement. After facing severe backlashes, Harvard has since replaced the language on the website with an apology, clarifying that their aim was only to support all students ‘who are experiencing distress in their lives’.
In the apology letter wrote,
If you are thinking that this could be a mistake. No, it isn’t. This is not the first time Harvard University is involved in a controversy involving race. Back in 2018, its then school’s dean of admissions, William Fitzsimmons testified in court that Ivy League schools such as Harvard placed different entry standards on applicants based on certain factors, and race is one of them.