UC Irvine Student Targeted in Racist Incident

     

    Astudent at UC Irvine found a note in her backpack that read, “Go back 2 Africa slave,” last Tuesday in the second racially charged incident to occur on the campus this month.

    The female African-American student found the note after she briefly left her backpack unattended in the UCI science library, but UCI Assistant Vice Chancellor for Counseling and Health Services Dr. Thomas A. Parham stated that it is still uncertain when the note was left. Campus officials only learned of the incident only after the student’s mother gave an interview to ABC 10 News, according to the Associated Press. 

    UCI Police Sgt. Mark Arnold called the note a hate incident and stated that there are currently no suspects.

    “If it’s a criminal matter, then it would go to the courts,” he said. “If it were an internal discipline issue, the university would handle that.”

    Police and campus officials are not directly connecting the note to the racist video posted by a UCI fraternity Lambda Theta Delta earlier this month.

    The video the fraternity produced was a parody of the music video for Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z’s “Suit and Tie” and featured a member wearing blackface. It was quickly taken down after outcry from the student body and the Black Student Union. Members of the fraternity were also photographed with a paddle labeled “Big Slave Driver” and “Little Slave.”

    The fraternity has since apologized and accepted a voluntary 16-month university suspension.

    In addition to the incidents at UC Irvine, members at a Cal State San Marcos sorority came under fire in recent weeks for posting pictures of themselves dressed as Latina stereotypes and hosting a racist party inviting members to dress like “cholas.”

    Both the sorority and the Cal State San Marcos president apologized for the incident, but students staged a protest last Thursday demanding further action from the Chancellor’s Office.

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