Miami student accused of racist tweets against Asians; students and professors call on University to condemn.

By Sean Krause and Nancy Averett

A Miami University senior quickly shut down a Twitter account last week that he created to parody the school’s growing Asian student population after he was confronted on Twitter by students and faculty members.

Sam Kornau, who is majoring in strategic communications and is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, had been writing the tweets for his Twitter account, OxfordAsians, for at least six months and had nearly 1,000 followers before he abruptly closed it Friday.

A photograph that accompanied the account depicted what appears to be an Asian gangster with jet-black hair, worn in a mullet-style, and thin black mustache. The graphics in the background showed sushi rolls. The description of the account read: “Must bring great good glory and honor to twitter.”

When Nicolyn Woodcock, a graduate student in English, learned of the account, she took action. “I decided that I’m not going to keep quiet about this,” she said. “I emailed my professors and reported it to the Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity.”  “This speech needed to be challenged,” she said. “Some one had to say it’s not O.K.”

Ronald Scott, vice president for institutional diversity at Miami, said the OEEO staff began to investigate after receiving the student complaint. “When there is a case of discrimination and harassment, that office is responsible for doing an investigation,” he said. The Twitter account was shut down before the investigation was completed.

Growing pains.

The number of international students — mostly Asian and especially Chinese students — has grown rapidly at Miami, by about 480 percent, in the past 5 years. Some faculty members believe more needs to be done to help those students and the traditional student body better understand one another.

“I think Miami students are not savvy about global dynamics and engaging with cultural difference. They tend to be relatively insulated and insular,” said Ron Becker, associate professor of communications.

He added: “I think there are many who do work hard to get beyond their own corner of the world.  Of course, figuring out how widespread this issue is across campus is never easy.  I think this should be viewed as a red flag that compels the administration, faculty, and students to redouble their efforts at promoting a culture of inclusion at Miami by all means necessary.”

Jason Palmeri, a Miami English professor, also contacted administrators. Before Kornau’s twitter feed was removed, Palmeri tweeted to @OxfordAsians: Your twitter feed is not funny; it is profoundly racist, offensive, and hurtful.

Palmeri voiced particular concern that OxfordAsians had nearly 1,000 followers on Twitter. “It was important for me as a member of the Oxford community that these racist, offensive messages did not represent the Miami community – at least not the Miami community that I want to be part of.”

The student behind the tweets.

When contacted, Kornau at first denied that he was the author behind the OxfordAsians site. “How did you know it was me?” he asked. But when questioned further, he admitted responsibility and defended his tweets. “The [OxfordAsians] account was meant to be a parody site,” he said. “It was not meant to be malicious or racist in any way.”

He added: “Once I found out that some professors and graduate students were upset. I immediately took down the site.”

Kornau promised the Townie to respond to written questions, but later refused to do so. He also refused to meet with a Townie reporter after earlier suggesting the idea himself. Instead, he issued a written statement defending his tweets as not racist but merely satire. “As you know satire is meant to bring to light social issues (and, in this instance, stereotypes) in a witty way in the hope that it will promote self examination and constructive dialogue about the issues presented.”

However, a handful of graduate students and professors see these tweets as anything but an attempt at constructive dialogue. “This was a discrimination act,” said Woodcock.   “The speech was targeted to a specific group. 1,000 people were complicit in this,” she said.

The OxfordAsians’ tweets tapped into various stereotypes about Asians in general, and at Miami, in particular, from Chinese students eating squirrels, dogs and cats, to an Asian students’ obsession over getting “A” grades, to wealthy Asian students with fancy cars, to their difficulty fitting in the Miami classroom.

Some examples include:


oxfordasians OxfordAsians

Gave blood today. They told me my blood was B-. Why not it A+????


oxfordasians @OxfordAsians

Found the cutest cat outside of Thompson. I named him lunch box special.


oxfordasians @OxfordAsians

Found out my girlfriend has B cups. Dumped her because they not A


oxfordasians @OxfordAsians

Father say key to success in USA is drive fancy car even if I can’t drive good

A majority of tweets, however, appeared to mock the Asian students for their perceived poor grasp of spoken English.



My favorite music? Wok and woll.


oxfordasians @OxfordAsians

Deck da halls wif bells of hawry fa ra ra ra ra ra ra ra ra


oxfordasians @OxfordAsians

I reary saw some stiff competition in de erection ternight.


oxfordasians @OxfordAsians


Included in his Twitter account was this photograph of a gang of shirtless, armed, and menacing Chinese youths on the steps of a dorm-like setting.

Asian gang

Kornau’s statement continues: “It is not intention [sic] to offend anyone with this account.  Any other interpretation of the account concerns me.”

Miami’s Asian population reacts.

When presented with the web-cached tweets from OxfordAsians, international students at Miami expressed a variety of emotions, from anger to shock to hurt. All of the Chinese students interviewed refused to give their names for the record.

One Chinese student responded to the tweets, saying: “This is stupid and ignorant. It’s pretty normal for Miami.” The student added, “Sometime’s when I’m walking down the street, white students scream at me from their car.” Asked what they yelled, the Chinese student shrugged and said, “I don’t know what. I think they are trying to scream something in my language.”

Chisato Sugiyama, a junior international student from Japan, reacted most strongly to the jokes about Asian students’ accents. “We cannot speak like Americans,” she said. “Even if we try to make progress in our English, they still make fun of our pronunciation. It will make us speak less than we do now.”  Her friend and lunch partner, Ashley McGuire, a senior from Hamilton, expressed outrage over the OxfordAsians site. “Miami is a place where everyone is supposed to be equal,” she said. “This person has destroyed that image.”

“President Hodge,” McGuire said, “should send out an email saying that any more behavior like this, online of offline, will be dealt with quickly.”

An Asian-American student who was born in Arizona but whose father was from Beijing, shook his head when he saw the tweets. “It takes guts to come here from Asia,” said the student who did not want to be named. “The Chinese students have no idea what to expect when they arrive. Of course they come here with a sense of fear.”

“There’s always racist people out there,” he added. “But I try not to get mad. There’s no point to it.”

An easy target.           

Anita Mannur, an English professor and faculty member of the Asian-American studies program, said Kornau was not the first to use Twitter to parody the growing number of Asians that are coming to American college campuses.

“I’ve seen similar Twitter feeds from Ohio State,” Mannur said. “It’s this idea of, ‘Let’s make fun of the Asian students,’ who they see as an easy scapegoat because they think they won’t complain in the way that other minorities will.”

She said the incident fits into a larger pattern of anti-Asian sentiment that she has observed on Miami’s campus.  “It’s the perception that Asians are taking over (the university) even though they’re still a small percentage of the overall student body….I find it disturbing.”

The number of international students at Miami has, in fact, risen dramatically in recent years. In 2007, international students accounted for just 1% of the Miami student population. By 2012, that number had grown to 5.5 percent, an increase of more than 480 percent. According to the Institute for International Education, the State of Ohio has seen the greatest percentage increase, 10.5 percent, in international students. Miami’s international student enrollment at 1,075 is nowhere near OSU’s 6,082.

In the last two years, the number of Chinese applicants to Miami has increased 43 percent, according to university officials. The Chinese student population, in particular, has outpaced all others, accounting for 68 percent of international undergraduate enrollment at Miami. As of Fall 2012, Chinese students numbered 646, Indian 25, South Korean 16, and Japanese 11. Miami’s undergraduate enrollment for 2012 was 15,073. While this foreign born population has grown since 2007, the percentage of white students has decreased nearly 8 percent in the same time period, according to the Miami Office of Institutional Research.

“A conversation that needs to happen.”

In light of this demographic shift in the Miami student body, questions have been raised if Miami, a university that has struggled to recruit minority students in the past, can add these numbers of international students, and in particular Chinese students, without risking tensions on campus, or worse, a backlash from its overwhelming white student population. Sam Kornau’s Twitter feed was not alone in mocking Miami’s Asian population. Many copycat tweets emerged shortly after OxfordAsians captivated the Miami Twittersphere. Hundreds of students shared and favorited Kornau’s tweets.

Scott said he doesn’t believe the majority of Miami students have ill will toward the growing number of Asian students on campus. “My sense is there isn’t a groundswell,” he said. But he added that the university is planning a campaign that will occur in the next few weeks to talk to faculty, staff and students about Miami’s values. “We have a system that says everyone has a right to be here, to thrive here, to learn here,” he said.

Becker added that the university needs to provide faculty, staff and students with more resources for helping Asians students to integrate better on Miami’s campus. “I think everybody could do a better job,” he said, adding: “Given the specific characteristics of the university—its size, location, relatively homogenous student body— a constant emphasis is required, especially when the University is trying to increase the enrollment of International students.  Bringing people who are different to Oxford is only the first step in promoting an inclusive culture.”

For his part, Palmeri, the English professor, believes Miami has not done enough to address the specific incident. “The university should condemn the speech,” said Palmeri. He would like to use this incident as a catalyst to for a university-wide discussion about racial stereotyping.

“Until there is a broader university response,” he said, “This story is likely to continue.”






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49 Responses to “Miami student accused of racist tweets against Asians; students and professors call on University to condemn.”

  1. Jason
    February 26, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    I am so glad that somebody is reporting this! I can’t believe how overlooked this issue is. Thanks!

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      You didn’t know race related satire existed? You don’t need this joke blog to tell you that. Try any of the following:
      Comedy Central, ANY meme site, 90% of stand up comedy, Reddit, a simple google search…

  2. Jason Palmeri
    February 26, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    I want to clarify one point. When I said the university should “condemn the twitter,” I meant simply that the university should take a strong stand in opposition to racist stereotyping of Asian and Asian-American students both on and offline. I also think we need a much more visible and critical dialogue about ways to make Miami a more inclusive and equitable campus. Nevertheless, I also believe that Kornau should have the free speech right to tweet as he wishes, just as I have the free speech right to challenge the racist, exclusionary “humor” on his feed. While I am pleased that Kornau chose to remove his twitter, I definitely would not have supported any attempt to force him to shut it down.

  3. Tommy Brady
    February 27, 2013 at 1:12 am #

    This article makes me wonder: What did the university do to respond to the situation? Any official statement, letter to reprimand the student? From this article, I see the actions came mostly from faculty. What exactly did the office of diversity do besides investigate? I’d really like to know. Follow up story please. Thanks.

  4. Anonymous
    February 27, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    you can literally find jokes like this all throughout the internet. in fact, most of his tweets are copies of these jokes. just because they are on twitter and people are going crazy. lighten the fuck up. it’s not hurting anyone, and I doubt the asians even care.

    • Anonymous
      February 27, 2013 at 11:20 am #

      Jerk! It’s not that Asians don’t care. It’s that we have more important things to do than trying to get things like this taken down. Maybe people like you would be able to meet these people stride for stride if you had more important things to do than spend time on on crap like this! After all, you are already supposedly proficient in the language of the school you are attending. Foreign students have to deal with learning in a language they only barely know.

      And words like these do hurt. How do you think anti-Semitism went from words to the Holocaust?

      a half-white half-Asian Texan

      • Anonymous
        February 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

        If you didn’t take the time to address this before, it clearly wasn’t that important to you. P.S. With all your important things to do, you shouldn’t be wasting your time on some crack-pot blog like the Townie.

    • delatopia
      March 4, 2013 at 12:30 am #

      Hey, tool: Don’t speak for a group you don’t belong to.

  5. Anonymous
    February 27, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Sam Kornau also posts everything on this twitter:

    His friend Liam has also taken pictures of at least one asian woman on campus and mockingly posted it on Kornau’s page.

    • Tommy Brady
      February 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

      I find it appalling to pass this “cyber bullying” as a joke and to suggest that we should respond by poking fun back? Whoever wrote this is not realizing that the tweets were hurtful and discriminatory. The solution then shouldn’t be to aggravate more harm. There’s a line when it comes to joking–clearly, this line was crossed, and I don’t want to see more of this. To say there’s no ill will still does not excuse the fact that the Tweets were inappropriate in the first place. This is shameful, and I call on the whole university to take quick actions to respond against this.

      • Anonymous
        February 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

        In what way was the line crossed? Essentially all of the jokes are based on common comedic stereotypes. If they cross your line, you are too easily offended. People make satyrical references to stereotypes all the time. Outside of airport and sex jokes, that form of humor constitutes nearly 100% of mass media comedy. Nothing the account put out is remotely offensive compared to South Park, Tosh, etc…develop some thicker skin and learn to take a joke

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

      People tweeting things at an account is not an action of that account.

  6. Anonymous
    February 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    The majority of people who find this type of thing funny are not Asians and we have no ill will towards them. Humor is just that – humor. We poke fun at Asians, blacks, whites, Mexicans, etc. equally. It’s way of accepting difference. If you call everything out as being blatantly racist, then you’re too sensitive. Learn to laugh it off. White people have plenty of stereotypes as well, especially here at miami, so why not poke fun back?

    • Tommy Brady
      February 27, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

      “Humor is just that – humor.” –> This isn’t a acceptable. Come on now.

  7. Anonymous
    February 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    I expected more from educated people.
    “Humor is just humor?” ” Asians don’t even care?”
    Seriously? Of course they care. Asians and Asian Americans have been hidden, suppressed, unable to expose their voices. Cultural events? do you hear of them? NO, only at the diversity office. Asian American Issues? In the few classes offered and one organization. Even in this vid they show the Asian AMERICAN students and not a single international student is interviewed. What happened to us being ONE, together? If we want a change, we need to change it now. if not now, when? It took so many decades, until slavery and segregation was abolished. At this rate, it won’t be solved for another few more decades.
    Sincerely, Asian AMERICAN

  8. Anonymous
    February 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    /watch?v=dPx5UPtwty4 yt

  9. Anonymous
    February 27, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    Similar race related jokes are made on TV shows, such as south park, all the time. This guy has every right to make posts that are nothing more than racial satire, and YOU have every right to ignore him. Nobody is forcing you to read his twitter, and he is entitled to post whatever he pleases on a third party web application. You have every right to disagree with him, and every right to dislike his posts. If he breaks the law, or a law binding agreement in a post, then okay, hes in trouble. I find it funny though, that you are trying bully this student into acting in a manner that YOU find acceptable. This BS news post is nothing more than an attempt to bully and control a student that is being “politically incorrect”on the INTERNET. Millions of people post horrendous stuff on the internet day in and day out. Get over it.

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2013 at 12:49 am #

      Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinions and sure if you believe making an anonymous twitter account mocking Asians on campus is ok, go for it. This twitter page is only a mere glimpse of the discrimination happening on campus. The administration doesn’t want to acknowledge it and make the matters worse because they want to save themselves from media scrutiny. Look at the “10 ways to get away with rape” situation. Miami didn’t respond to it until it made national news. We are only trying to gain awareness of the situation at hand– not bully kid.

      • Anonymous
        February 28, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

        Then why post all of his personal information?

        • delatopia
          March 4, 2013 at 12:28 am #

          Because free speech isn’t free, that’s why. It comes with responsibilities and ramifications, unless you just want to be a pansy “anonymous” commenter on a website defending the indefensible.

  10. Tianran Ye
    February 28, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    Yo, to the anonymous guys up there who think this is OK, at least be a real MAN and put your real name on it if you feel so strongly that this is nothing but merely a racial satire. Let me tell you this, you say this publicly in your future office, I guarantee you’ll be disciplined and even fired. Your boss won’t even give a shit about you claiming this as a form of racial satire. Because you know what? You can use “racial satire” as an excuse for any racist comment you make. Moreover, you will just make yourself look like nothing but a stupid, arrogant, immature and shameless loser. Stop embarrass yourself, your friend and your parents.
    Yes white people have stereotypes too but we don’t poke fun at you because WE ARE NOT LIKE YOU <==(Refers only to racist Caucasians)
    To the person comparing Miami Students to South Park, all I have to say is "REALLY??? Do you even go to Miami?" #SMH #Lol
    Lastly you can barely call that poking fun when you make an explicit twitter account dedicated only to "poking" fun at Asians with dozens of pictures and tweets. #GrowUpDude

  11. Rambling
    February 28, 2013 at 2:42 am #

    I’m sick of people casting themselves as “victims” when they are called out about their racial bullying acts. Again, they are missing the point: THESE JOKES ARE HURTFUL AND MAKE ASIANS AT MIAMI FEEL DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. Please try to understand why this is so bothersome. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Imagine this: You move to a different country and must learn to speak in a different language and culture. Your friends and family are on the other side of the world. You’re in a very small town, where over 95% of the population is of a different race and culture. Granted, these are all great experiences, but can you please be more sensitive to how difficult and at times, frightening this can be? As if living in a different culture/country isn’t hard enough, there are these “jokes” that you’re supposed to put up with and brush off as nothing but Family Guy crap. Be more sensitive please. I am simply asking you to consider others’ position.

    I agree people have the rights to make jokes, but with rights come responsibility toward others. It’s shameful to not exercise this privilege with care.

    Words hurt. Get this. Stop defending what’s wrong as (a) right.

    • Logician
      February 28, 2013 at 2:53 am #

      “Similar race related jokes are made on TV shows, such as south park, all the time.” The logic here then is what is on TV is alright. If the media does it, it’s fine. We just have to suck it up. This is the dumbest crap I have ever heard.

      • Anonymous
        February 28, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

        The logic here is that if it is said everywhere, a twitter account with minimal followers is insignificant towards the well-being of Asian Americans and that if it is said everywhere, it is a common form of comedy that one student should not be singled out for. If America decides our skin is too thin for satire, that’s one thing, but until then you shouldn’t be attacking someone for finding it humorous.

  12. Anonymous
    February 28, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    What ever happened to our first amendment right of free speech?
    We do not need Miami University stomping on our rights as Americans. I am sure the poor student will just want to fade away but I dearly wish someone out there would push this issue to court. Anyone, anywhere can say and make any statement they want about white, heterosexual males and its not an issue, but god forbid (oh thats right we can’t say god anymore) anyone make a comment abount any other group. Get over it already people!

    • Jason Kline
      February 28, 2013 at 9:05 am #

      Your absolutely right that the first amendment protects your freedom to say dumb and racist things (unless it is clearly hate speech, which isn’t protected). However, what it doesn’t protect you from is the social and societal ramifications of your speech. No government official forced him to shut this down. The university hasn’t taken any action. What has happened is that he is feeling the heat from a community that doesn’t tolerate racist and discriminatory speech.

  13. Galatea
    February 28, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Oh Please forgive me but “Asians don’t care”? What I know is, right after this news had been published, it was shared thousands of times on Chinese facebook. At this time tons of Chinese students know that “Miami student accused of racist tweets against Asians, and until now the university has not reacted.” Unfortunately for most of them, it is their only impression on Miami University. I have always been treated nicely in Miami, but it is sad to hear others say, “Miami University? Students there laugh at Asians!”

    Even one day before the news, on Chinese facebook, many Chinese international students had tried to convince others that Miami University was a great place to go. Everyone there was nice and as international students they were also proud of “love and honor”. But now people say, “See how they paid you back!”

    As an international student in Miami I really love this school and until now most people I met are very nice and friendly. It is upset to see the stereotype was created only because of a small group of people, but that is what we should take actions to deal with, especially in this case. I think most people are still waiting for the university to say something. Unfortunately I do not think it is an issue that we can ignore.

  14. Anonymous
    February 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    “Then why post all of his personal information?” Why does any reporter include names in his/her writings? I’m pretty sure this kid is not crying himself to sleep at night. The problem isn’t about the kid. He represents so many other students at Miami that have this type of behavior towards fellow students. The issue is that Miami’s Asian students have tolerated this type of behavior and this twitter provides evidence that ignorance is still present. It’s a bigger issue than a kid making a twitter about Asians.

  15. Anonymous
    February 28, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    Exactly, the problem isn’t the freedom of speech, but the deeper mentality that says it’s okay to make fun of people when it has been said that such act is hurtful. It’s harming the minority community. The suggestion that Asians should get thicker skin shows insensitivity toward this matter. How do we help people understand this? Why would you continue to say we should laugh it off when it’s harming people’s self-esteem and making them feel unwelcome? I don’t understand. I’m trying to find common ground here, but I’m afraid it’s not working. We all want Oxford to be a more inclusive and welcoming place for everyone.

    • trunp
      March 5, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      I like this comment… this sort of thing promotes xenophobia and makes it okay to “bully” these students.. or people in general.. doesn’t even have to be these students.

  16. Anonymous
    February 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    I think that there is some clear misunderstanding of the word satire here. What makes work done by SNL and The Onion satire is that their humor is for a purpose, which is often to push a progressive agenda. These tweets had no goal to somehow change the stereotypes that we attach to Asian students. Rather, this twitter account furthered already existing stereotypes attached to Asian students.

    As Merriam-Webster defines it: “a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn”

  17. Anonymous
    March 1, 2013 at 1:28 am #

    Is this a joke? Freedom of speech is a thing of the past.

    • delatopia
      March 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

      Ignorant comment, as expected. Sam Kornau has freedom of speech. He’s not free from facing the ramifications of that speech, however. As a “strategic communications” major, Kornau surely done some pretty serious damage to his career prospects — who would want to hire someone in that field who has amply demonstrated, like Sam Kornau, that he can’t effectively manage his own communications? Good riddance.

  18. Anonymous
    March 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I’m proud of Miami’s AAA for taking a stance against this ignorance so I can be proud to call myself a Miami alum. I graduate five years ago and it’s obvious that Miami still has a long way to go to create an inclusive student campus where all students will feel comfortable..

  19. Anh Thu
    March 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    “It is not intention [sic] to offend anyone with this account. Any other interpretation of the account concerns me.”

    Ah, yes, the oft recycled and always cowardly “you’re-the-real-racist-for-thinking-it’s-racist” argument. Almost as derivative as those tweets Kornau googled, copied and pasted.

    And just fyi, the “Asian gangster with jet-black hair” is the celebrated Vietnamese singer, Tuấn Anh. Our very own Liberace/Little Richard, if you will.

  20. trump
    March 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    As a white male… the problem is that we white people just dont understand what its like being a colored person. It has always been this way.. I mean.. look at what we did with the Native Americans… and the brack people! and now the Asians! MURICA!!!

  21. no skin
    March 5, 2013 at 5:28 am #

    on thicker skin. if Asians had thicker skin we would be like blacks and you dumb white kids would have to deal with even MORE violence when you go out of your white neighborhoods. so be careful for what you wish for. be thankful that Asians complain and not riot (not that I think blacks didn’t have every right to do so).

    i know this coward Kornau would dare making a single joke on twitter or anything that can be traced back to him if it was African Americans that “invaded” his school. he would get his ass beat. it’s easy to pick on foreign people who speak little english and can’t talk back. try growing some balls.

  22. JL
    March 5, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    I want to see someone make a similar padody twitter account but aim it at black people. Lets see what happens then.

  23. Sean Krause
    March 5, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Comments that use profanity will be deleted.

  24. No Face
    March 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    American expats and GI’s do this overseas, too.

  25. Alice Zindagi
    March 5, 2013 at 5:44 pm #


    Why does this not surprise me? I would imagine that the people who think this is “okay” are used to seeing the likes of Robin Williams, Carlos Mencia, or any number of stand-up comedians making these jokes. If they do it, why can’t I? Are you going to slap your girlfriend just because Chris Brown did it? I didn’t think so.

    It’s horrible that things are still like this, but over 50% of Asian children are the targets of racial bullying. Is that REALLY the kind of welcome we should be giving to that school’s burgeoning foreign population? Something tells me that they’re not going to take pleasant images of Americans back to their countries if this is how they are treated. We like to call ourselves a melting pot, a country of acceptance, a bastion of tolerance… so I think it’s high time that we did something to change the horribly racist mentality of people like this:

  26. Thao Nguyen
    March 5, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    Sam Kornau needs to be expelled. Even if AAA is only asking for an apology, I am appalled that university administrators did not take swift action to denounce his words. Growing pains are inevitable when a school is trying to quickly diversify and recruit a foreign student body; however, the President should have foreseen incidents like this and planned to stand on the side of his growth plans. If MU wants to welcome and retain a diverse student body, ignorant speech needs to be met with true consequence; that is the removal of the student germ that seeks to infect the student body.

    • Emily Pham
      March 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      Thao, even though I don’t go to Miami, seeing this type of racism at any university campus pains me because we all attend universities to seek higher education, to become exposed to the world around us, and to learn tolerance and acceptance of others. Sam Kornau should not be expelled because you can’t fight fire with fire. There is inevitably racism everywhere, even the university I attend which is quite tolerant of minorities. If you expel Sam, he could serve as a martyr (a little extreme I know) and it could lead to a downward spiral of resentment towards the Asian community at Miami.

      The best thing Miami can do is to promote tolerance and educate on equality. Miami should work on promoting students to speak up against racism. Even though the Asian community is currently the target of racist woes, I feel like other minority groups should stand up and show some support. It’s almost frightening to see this much racism on a college campus where most of the student body are education majors. These people are going to become teachers for our children…they’re going to continue this viscous cycle of ignorance. It may be naive for me to wish for a society where there is complete equality.

      Change beings with you and the realization of how your action and words impact others. Nothing’s going to be achieved by kicking Sam Kornau out of Miami. Because really, what are you going to do in the real world? Deport everyone who’s racist out of the United States in order to create a more tolerant society? Ship of every racist person in the world into outer space? Didn’t think so.

      • delatopia
        March 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

        This is 100% correct. In the marketplace of ideas there is no censorship, and people are exposed to all ideas as ridiculous as they may be (like, say, Holocaust denial) so that they can reject those that are wrong. A university is a marketplace of ideas writ large, and ideas like bigotry, prejudice, hatred and racism are exposed as being bad because light is shined on them and they draw the public’s scorn and rejection, not because they are hidden or silenced.

  27. Really?
    March 20, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    I believe this is a perfect example of how people need to step off their thrones. Who seriously has time to file and investigate this incident? The English major who initially reported this obviously has a lot of free time on their hands. Also, why aren’t the professors focused more on their students and grading? I pay for them to educate me, not get on their high horse about a harmless twitter account. Seriously people, get a grip. You don’t see the Oxford Townies filing a formal complaint against the university in regards to the Twitter account that’s based on their stereotype. So how about you people who are so upset about this get off social media sites and do something productive with your philanthropy like finding a solution to world hunger?

    • delatopia
      March 28, 2013 at 12:27 am #

      Why is it the complainers about insults and prejudice who are wasting everyone’s time and not the jerkwad who posted this crap in the first place? What is Sam Kornau doing with HIS free time and HIS time on social media that is enhancing the vitality, camaraderie and harmony of the Oxford campus? Talk about narrow-minded and being on their high horse — you demonstrate it in abundance. Ignoring the offender and complaining about the offended … shame on you.

  28. Yore
    March 23, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    Did you hear that, everyone? They should “Get over it!” Yeah, sureee, no problems here, just another Twitter account bombarded with a bunch of stereotypical pictures and tweets. Sure, the Asian Americans may get offended and feel unwelcome, but who CARES, right? Empathy is overrated after all, and douchebaggery is a highly commendable!

    May all of us have pity Sam Kornau’s poor soul, who was merely TWYING to express his “freedom of speech”! Everyone, including the media and comedians, does it, so wAI Can’T HEe? iT’s Onleee LoGikal, LUlzzz!!!!1!!!!

    *quietly rolls eyes at some of these comments*

  29. Anonymous
    October 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    Everyone in their lifetime will get made fun of, no matter what. That is just how our society is. But we some how can never learn to accept each other for who we are and not where we came from or what we look like or even how we sound. Just stand up for yourself and you will be ok.

  30. Dad
    December 25, 2013 at 5:24 am #

    Well since it’s okay to make jokes about a specific race, why stop there? Let’s make fun of the Down Syndrome and the Autistic people as well, after all they’re only jokes right? Fucking bunch of morons.

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