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Default Gook protesters demand resignation of NYC school board member who called Asians ‘yellow folks’

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Gook protesters demand resignation of NYC school board member who called Asians ‘yellow folks’
By Israel Salas-Rodriguez and Selim Algar
November 13, 2019 | 5:14pm | Updated



Angry protesters massed at a Brooklyn parental board meeting Tuesday night to demand the resignation of a board member who called Asians “yellow folks” in a September group email thread.

Chanting “Asian, not yellow!” and waving signs, roughly 70 protesters called for Dr. Jackie Cody to step down from Community Education Council 22 at a meeting in Sheepshead Bay.

The protesters were joined by kike City Councilman (((Chaim Deutsch))), who cited his extended family’s experience with the Holocaust in denouncing Cody’s language and calling for racial civility in a pointed address to CEC members.

“We will not stand for hateful words for anyone!” Deutsch yelled. “When the Muslim community is attacked in our city, we all stand up for them. When the Jewish community is attacked, we stand up for them. When our black and brown communities are attacked, we all stand up for them. When the Asian community is attacked, we will stand up for them!”

The crowd exploded into a chant of “resign!” before shellshocked CEC members demanded that they quiet down.

Cody stood and apologized for her language and asked for forgiveness. But the restive crowd slapped away the olive branch and yelled for her to step down.

“There’s no reason why those types of words should be used in this day and age,” said CEC 3 member Lucas Liu, who has accused schools Chancellor Richard "Ay!" Carranza of fomenting anti-Asian hostility. “We get called yellow because we are not the minority he cares about. So we have to make him care about it, and it’s up to us to stand up and fight against racism.”

Cody used the phrase while arguing for the elimination of Gifted & Talented programs on a Listserv email thread with more than 100 CEC members from across the city.

“To be blunt, certain Whites and certain Yellow folks on this listserv continue to focus on a very narrow view and misunderstanding that what they’re advocating for is damaging to White and Yellow children as well!” wrote Cody, who is African American.

Liu, who was on the thread, immediately ripped Cody for using a “racial slur.”

He said that it took the DOE more than two weeks to schedule a meeting to discuss Cody’s language and any potential punishment or censure. He said the DOE declined to take any action, citing the independence of the parent boards.

Liu said Wednesday that Cody never reached out to him or two other Asian parents she was conversing with during the email exchange to apologize. If another minority group had been targeted, he argued, the outcry would have been far louder.

Protesters entered the CEC meeting en masse Tuesday and confronted Cody directly.

Cody told The Post in September that she was not aware that the phrase was offensive and that she would not use it in the future. She noted that other groups are benignly referenced by their color.

Cody said that she was trying to make the point that narrowly screened academic programs and schools are unfair to all racial groups.

“We are deeply disappointed by this completely unacceptable remark,” said DOE spokeswoman Katie O’Hanlon. “CECs are autonomous, parent led bodies and we have reached out to them and will provide support on any next steps they may want to take.”

In September, a DOE spokesman called Cody’s comments “unacceptable” and said that her emailed conversations had nothing to do with Carranza.

New York’s Asian community has been galvanized by a series of City Hall proposals to change admissions structures at top city schools to induce higher black and Hispanic enrollment.

A since-aborted City Hall plan to remake admissions to the city’s coveted specialized high schools would have cut Asian enrollment by half, the DOE acknowledged.

Backers of the SHS changes argue that the current system — often based on single test scores — favor kids with resources who are able to pay for exam tutoring.

They also assert that the entry criteria are needlessly narrow and elbow out talented black and Hispanic city kids.

Opponents of the city’s plan — which stalled out in Albany last year — counter that the schools reward raw preparation and diligence and have created what are roundly considered some of the country’s top academic high schools.

They also note that many Asians — who make up roughly 60% of the specialized high school population — come from poor immigrant backgrounds and are not privileged.

Liu said that the city’s Asian community has now been permanently activated and will engage in a series of confrontational protests and demonstrations throughout the upcoming school year.
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