It came to my attention this morning that a letter in the Davis Enterprise appearing this weekend and published in the August 13 paper reads as follows:
“How do you like living in a Central Valley railroad crossing that has more than 20 Asian restaurants — Thai, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese. You can count them yourself on Pages 203 and 204 of the current (May, 2017) YP business yellow pages Yolo County; try a new one every day for three weeks! — in a town now completely dominated by a monstrous, obsessively expending international diploma mill known as “UCD”: the University of China, Davis.”
The letter writer is Glenn Rice.
Most of the commenters pushed back.
One wrote: “Glenn Rice’s claim that UCD is the ‘University of China, Davis’ is quaint racism, at best. The comment reflects an ignorance of basic geography, California history, Asian diaspora, and restaurateuring in a college town where half the population is students. Just because UCD has a 35% Asian / Pacific Islander student population doesn’t mean that Thailand, Japan, and the Phillipines serve the same food. If you want more macaroni and cheese, learn how to cook.”
Another: “This is a shockingly racist comment… Mr. Rice, not sure why you came out from under a rock to spew this slime, but please get back. Your rhetoric has no place in our society.”
As a third person noted: “Why was this racist drivel published at all? I fail to see what the Enterprise’s editor thought was worthwhile in wasting ink on this ignorant screed. Were you that desperate for hits that you decided to chum the waters? Davis deserves better than this.”