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“We agree that having a healthy mixture of different cultures and ethnicities is valuable. But we’re not comfortable with the idea of selling our university to the highest foreign bidder,” it states, in an apparent reference to the large number of Chinese students on the campus.
The “apology” letter stirred another round of condemnation. An official statement released by UI, said that it would ban the company’s vehicles from all university properties, adding that such “racist and bigoted statements attacking any members of our community deserve nothing but condemnation from all of us.”
The Asian Pacific American Coalition, a student organization at UI, also denounced the company in a Facebook post, saying that the offensive ad is “frankly dehumanizing and disgusting to our Asian classmates and friends,” and that it refused to accept the company’s “racist non-apology.”
On December 4, Annie Thompson, a spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, said that the office was “extremely concerned” about the case and an investigation was underway. By Monday evening, Madigan issued a subpoena over the company’s potential civil rights violation under the Illinois Human Rights Act, which promoted Suburban Express to post another apology on its Facebook page.
In the post, the company admitted that the initial emails it sent out are “grotesquely xenophobic in nature.” “It is our company’s mission to provide safe, reliable, and fair transportation for all students,” it stated. “The sarcastic tone and disagreement with the University of Illinois’ inclusive practices are just as offensive and wrong and we apologize with great shame.”
This is not the first time that Suburban Express has faced accusations of racial discrimination. In 2015, the company even posted an offensive story about an international student of UI on its website, calling him “A LITTLE WEASEL” for writing a negative Yelp review of their service.