Racist Anti-Asian Youtube Video from a UCLA student- gone viral!

It’s quite amazing how a Political Science student could display such ignorance in regards to her fellow Asian colleagues at UCLA.

Meet Alexandra Wallace….

What was the UCLA administration’s response?

“Naples said he personally received more than 100 e-mails of complaint from individuals all over the country, primarily from people affiliated with UCLA.The university has yet to get in contact with Wallace, but hopes to meet with her as soon as possible to determine the appropriate response, Naples said”

“Alexandra Wallace released the following statement to the Daily Bruin: “Clearly the original video posted by me was inappropriate. I cannot explain what possessed me to approach the subject as I did, and if I could undo it, I would. I’d like to offer my apology to the entire UCLA campus. For those who cannot find it within them to accept my apology, I understand.”

http://www.dailybruin.com/index.php/blog/off_the_press/2011/03/viral_youtube_video_called_repugnant_by_ucla_administration

We would like you all to look at the UC diversity statement:

“Diversity should also be integral to the University’s achievement of excellence. Diversity can enhance the ability of the University to accomplish its academic mis…sion. Diversity aims to broaden and deepen both the educational experience and the scholarly environment, as students and faculty learn to interact effectively with each other, preparing them to participate in an increasingly complex and pluralistic society. Ideas, and practices based on those ideas, can be made richer by the process of being born and nurtured in a diverse community. The pluralistic university can model a process of proposing and testing ideas through respectful, civil communication. Educational excellence that truly incorporates diversity thus can promote mutual respect and make possible the full, effective use of the talents and abilities of all to foster innovation and train future leadership.”
http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/diversity/diversity.html

This video is a perfect example of how the UC has failed it’s mission at maintaining diversity in the university– what kind of leaders is this institution creating.

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3 Responses to Racist Anti-Asian Youtube Video from a UCLA student- gone viral!

  1. Ju says:

    Wow. She fails at life.

  2. Megan says:

    While I agree that the video was horrid and revolting, I don’t think it’s fair to blame the U.C. system. This was one sole individual who needs a lot more education, that’s a truth, but this could also come from upbringing, her social circle–who knows where she got the “epiphany” to make that video. Should have been more clear to her before she posted that on the net.

    • NomNom says:

      The UC can provide an environment that fosters understanding, respect, and tolerance for people who come from different backgrounds. I would much rather have her be educated on the paradigms of other people’s cultures in college than go through life as an ignorant fool. The UC has also not done a good job of actually creating a critical site of inquiry of ethnicities. Diversity is not just throwing a bunch of students of color into a mix, it’s creating an atmosphere where people of different ethnicities are able to be themselves without having to be ‘American’ or deal with students such as this woman ranting about them. The UC community can provide resources and the education to explain to this woman how family structures, roles, responsibilities, education, immigration, cultural values, etc… all play a role in an “Asian” spectrum. Also, many people countlessly make the error of categorizing certain groups as Asian. Asia is so huge! Asians make up 60% of the world population. Considering how global the economy is nowadays, would you feel comfortable having this woman go out in the world and work internationally with these stereotypes?

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