Thursday 08th December 2016,

Chinese American

Coalition of Lawyers Backs Call for Apology from Fox News

posted by Randall

Watters World in ChinatownFive national law associations representing a coalition of minority, gay and lesbian lawyers have joined in demanding an apology from Fox News for the insensitive and racist portrayal of people in New York Chinatown.

In a joint statement first reported by Jenn Fang of Reappropriate, the groups expressed “their indignation in the segment, Watters’ World: Chinatown Edition, and deep dissatisfaction in public statements that dismiss community concerns over the offensive nature of the segment.”

In the report, reporter Jesse Watters’ used stereotypes for cheap laughs and stuck microphones into the faces of people who obviously didn’t speak English.

“We found this segment to be highly offensive for its irresponsible use of these stereotypes and for its pejorative mischaracterization of Chinatown residents, immigrants, and limited English proficient communities,” the groups said.

The coalition joined 120 Asian American and Pacific Islander groups who have also called for an apology and to take steps to diversify its workforce.

The latest law groups joining in the protest are the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the National LGBT Bar Association (National LGBT Bar), the National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) and the  National Bar Association (NBA), a group of lawyers comprised primarily of people of color.

 

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