49er's Anti-Asian Training Video Apology Demand sign now

John York, M.D.


San Francisco Forty Niners


San Francisco, Ca





Dear Dr. York,





The undersigned are appalled to read from the San Francisco Chronicle an official 49er video in which racist and homophobic stereotypes were depicted. This video is highly offensive to the Asian American community, 49er faithfuls, and Bay Area residents. We are particularly upset that Asian Americans were mocked with stereotypical accents and facial features. We demand an immediate public apology and further request a meeting between your top management team with the Asian Pacific American community leadership.





It is disturbing that despite the fact that Asian Pacific Americans have made contributions toward Americas success for almost 175 years-the park in which the 49ers play is named after the company founded by a Chinese American, such anti-Asian stereotypes and racist depictions still exist today and here as over 30\% of San Francisco and 25\% of the Bay Area population is Asian Pacific American.





Furthermore, the fact that this video was made right after the 49er organization had undergone diversity training as a result of a players previous anti-gay remarks causes one to wonder your organizations true commitment to the respect for diversity.





Chinese and Asian Pacific Americans are no different than other Bay Area residents as we support our local sport teams loyally. In fact, many of the undersigned are 49er season ticket holders who had endured those very lean years not so long ago. You should know the Chinese press has devoted a tremendous amount of 49er coverage to keep the Chinese American fans engaged and supportive to the team. There are even weekly radio and television programs devoted to the 49ers. For their efforts, the Chinese American press was mocked by your organization.





We understand the video was shown at the beginning of the past training season. It sickens many of us as we had faithfully cheered on our 49ers through the 2004 season-and most of it was very trying-only to learn now what the players might have thought of us as a result of that diversity training video. You have, through your spokesperson, tried to distance yourself and the 49er organization from the video. We are concerned that the video is merely part of a larger and institutional ignorance and bias that the team must aggressively confront and eradicate. This community stands ready to assist in promoting an accurate portrayal of the Chinese and Asian Pacific American community as well as all diverse groups to your organization.


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