최근 Suburban Express 인종차별적 이메일 광고에 대한 학생회 입장입니다. Suburban Express 에서는 중국인들만을 언급하였으나, 이는 한국 학생들을 포함한 아시아계 학생들 또는 모든 국제 학생을 모욕하는 글입니다. 이에 KSA 및 타국 학생회는 공동으로 성명서 작성에 참여하였습니다. 저희 모두 한 마음으로 이 사태에 분노하고 있습니다. 하지만 감정적 대응 (SNS 테러, 욕설 등) 은 개인에게 해가 될 수 있으니 유의해주시기 바랍니다. KSA에서는 이 사태에 관해 적극적인 태도를 취할 것이며 여러분의 목소리를 전달할 수 있도록 노력하겠습니다. 감사합니다.
December 4, 2017
To the Members of the Campus and Community:
Last Saturday, the Chinese student community was directly attacked by Suburban Express with remarks in their Christmas promotion email and the subsequent “Apology” email. In those public posts, Suburban Express made racist comments like “Passengers like you. You won’t feel like you are in China when you’re on our buses” and stated that the “high percentage of [non-native] English speakers places a variety of burdens on domestic students.” The Chinese student community, along with other Asian student communities, regards those remarks as a serious insult and an act of racism against us all.
It has been well over a century since our diverse background became an integral part of this great university. As of Fall 2017, there are 47,826 students enrolled at UIUC, and 8,299 (17.35%) are Asian students1, who have origins from more than 15 countries. Over the years, people have been working hard to promote a respectful and inclusive environment. By engaging with people from different backgrounds, we have broadened our perspective and extended our horizons. The fact that Suburban Express falsely stated the percentage of Chinese students as 20% is fallacious, and discourteous to all people in the community who spent their effort to promote diversity and inclusiveness.
It has been said that words can reflect one’s belief. The values held by Suburban Express can be inferred through their posts and actions over the decade. We strongly encourage everyone to be cautious when considering a business that has committed discriminatory actions against their customers. Everyone has the freedom in choosing what they believe in and making the world a safer place.
Regardless of one’s origin and race, we have a common identity as the students of the U of I, and share the same dream of making our university proud. Therefore, as a united entity, we do not and will not tolerate discrimination and inequality of any kind. Equality is a right of every human being and should be defended under all circumstances. This proclamation is not the beginning, nor the end of our fight against racism or any other forms of discrimination. If you agree with and support this belief, join us in speaking out against these unjust behaviors.
Lastly, we understand the emotions that many of us hold after the release of those emails. We have, and will continue, to stay close to this case and fight against racism. In light of this situation, we ask that everyone remain calm throughout this process and fight back using the most effective way, such as “filing complaints against [Suburban Express] online or call [Madigan’s] office at 1-877-581-3692”, as suggested by the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan‘s office. We appreciate those who have reached out to us regarding this matter. With the support of each and every one of you, we can unite together to provide a safer environment for all of us.
Chinese Students and Scholars Association
Hong Kong Students Association
Taiwanese Students Association
Taiwanese American Students Club
Korean Students Association
Asian American Association