The meme intended to promote an upcoming event featured a photo of a singing Asian man with the caption ABBA REE I CAN FRYYY, an apparent reference to the way an Asian would supposedly sing the words I Believe I can Fly.
The Black student group immediately apologized
“On behalf of BLSA, we would like to formally apologize for an offensive image included in an earlier advertisement of a BLSA-sponsored event,” the statement reads. “BLSA was created — and strives to be — a diverse network of students committed to fostering an inclusive environment within the law school community.”
The Cornell Asian Pacific American Law Student Association publicly accepted the apology. Since the incident a month ago, the two groups have jointly held a panel discussion entitled Unconscious Bias.
Thanks to everyone who joined BLSA and APALSA for our event titled “Candid Conversations at Cornell: Unconscious Bias.”
The incident is reminiscent of an incident at UC Irvine when an Asian American fraternity produced a video take off using blackface on one of its members. That incident prompted an apology from the Lambda Theta Delta which eventually lead to the group suspending itself for one year.
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