University of Southern California: please apologize to Dr. Greg Patton

University of Southern California: please apologize to Dr. Greg Patton

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USC Professor Greg Patton is currently facing the danger of being fired because he used a Chinese filler word that happened to sound like the n-word when teaching in an online class. The filler word, 那个, is pronounced "Nei Ge" (or “Na Ge”, depending on dialect), and it means "that" in English. 

I have watched the video that leaked onto the internet several times. It's clear that Dr. Patton had given students the CONTEXT that "Nei Ge is a Chinese filler word." As someone who was born in China and has lived there for over 15 years, I know that his pronunciation is accurate. Hence, it's absolutely RIDICULOUS that Dr. Patton should be accused and punished by any means. 

The implications behind the consequences of this video are frightening, especially to me and every Mandarin-speaking person in this nation. “Nei Ge” is an ESSENTIAL word that we use thousands of times daily and if this word leads to disastrous consequences (such as being wrongly accused as racist), we are afraid that we can no longer speak Chinese in public. This is UNCONSTITUTIONAL because we have the right to FREEDOM OF SPEECH. In fact, these consequences could potentially extend their reach to other languages. What’s next? Korean? Danish? 

I, therefore, ask the University of Southern California to apologize to Dr. Patton and reconsider the decision to halt Dr. Patton’s classes. I create this petition not only because I believe Dr. Patton was wrongly accused by things he did not commit, but also because the prejudice against the Asian Community will be deepened if the confusion has not been resolved; I also feel the urge to defend our inalienable CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

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