Discrimination

Four Korean employees of Delta Airlines are suing the company after they were fired for speaking Korean to better help Korean-speaking customers:

But the women — who are all over 40 and all plaintiffs in the lawsuit — claim other foreign language-speaking Delta employees were never told to limit their speech and that only the Korean speakers were.

Kim, Park, Yi and An also claim to have been sexually harassed by the same Delta employee, numerous times, on the job. […] “It was a daily thing” for [another Delta] agent to touch her, Park said. She and Kim reported the unwanted touching to Delta supervisors and said they were promised another incident would get the male gate agent fired.

“That agent is still working there and the touching has not stopped,” their attorney, Jennifer Song, said. […] “We also suspect that their termination is related to the reporting of sexual harassment.”

Meanwhile, rapper Wiz Khalifa is also in the news for anti-Asian, anti-Korean bigotry in his lyrics:

Wiz Khalifa is the latest in a long line of rappers who have invoked the racist comparison. “I’m a different type of being/Drive the type of whip your bitches like to be in/Smoke got my eyes lookin’ Korean,” he raps on the track “Hot Now” from his new album Rolling Papers 2.

The rapper faced a bit of backlash for the line, but instead of apologizing, he’s telling critics to get over it. “Chill out, I’m not a racist. I love all races,” he told Charlamagne and Angela Yee on during a stop at The Breakfast Club. “I have Korean friends who are not offended, so I don’t know those people who are saying that.”

This defense plays out a bit like people who love to pull the “but I have black friends” card—it doesn’t work.

It’s weird how little press incidents of anti-Asian bias receive in the mainstream media. I can’t help but be reminded of the following incident with Trump barely made headlines in 2016:

“Negotiating with Japan, negotiating with China,” Trump said during a Tuesday speech in Dubuque before folding his hands over his middle.

“When these people walk in the room, they don’t say, ‘Oh, hello! How’s the weather? It’s so beautiful outside. Isn’t it lovely? How are the Yankees doing? Oh they’re doing wonderful. Great,” Trump continued.

He put on an exaggerated [Asian accent.]

“They say, ‘We want deal!'” he bellowed.

The crowd rewarded him with laughter.

What a time to be alive.