UW Law Students Demand Apology from Professor

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

Hmong students at the UW are demanding an apology from a professor who they say made derogatory remarks about their ethnicity during class.

On February 15th, students say professor Leonard Kaplan told his class that Hmong men's only talent is to kill and that many second-generation Hmong Americans become gang members and criminals.

Today, students came forward asking the UW law school to make a greater committment to diversity in its programs and for Kaplan to make a public apology for his remarks.

Something they say the professor has yet to agree to.

"At no point in time in our meeting did he deny making these statements, nor did he apologize for making his statements," said Maider Yang, first-year UW law student. "Although he apologized that we were hurt by his statements, he was not willing to repeal his statements."

Our calls to Professor Kaplan's office this afternoon were not returned, but in a wire report, he said he was trying to make a point about the difficulties hmong have faced in assimilating to Wisconsin.

A public forum to discuss this issue will be held Thursday night at the UW law school.

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