UCLA Asian Women Called 'Whores;' Possible Hate Crime Investigation Results
UCLA police were considering hate crime allegations after someone posted a hateful, racist and sexist message outside an on-campus office shared by the Vietnamese Student Union and the Pacific Islanders Student Association, sources and officials told the Weekly.
Vietnamese Student Union external vice president Uyen Hoang says fellow members believe the vandalism happened between 8 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday because the group had people around the office except during that time.
The printed message, posted on a bulletin board, reads:
asian women R Honkie white-boy worshipping Whores.
An image of an obscene hand gesture accompanied the enlightened statement. That is according to the UCLA Daily Bruin, which broke the story. Hoang confirmed the main facts of the situation, adding:
Alexandra Wallace / YouTube
What happened is that a racist and sexist slur was printed and posted on our bulletin board outside our office that we share with the Pacific Islanders Student Association in Kerckhoff Hall.
He said Vietnamese Student Union members took down the sign about 10:30 a.m. yesterday.
UCLA police spokeswoman Nancy Greenstein told the Weekly someone phoned in a preliminary report but that she was expecting a formal complaint before an investigation would begin in earnest:
We take reports of any hate situations very seriously.
Does UCLA have an ethnic-sensitivity problem?
According to school statistics, Asians make up the biggest ethnic group on campus, comprising 34 percent of the undergrad population last year.
Earlier this year an apartment shared by a Latina and Asian UCLA students was vandalized with graffiti that included the message, ""dirty Meximelt bitches."
In early 2011 then-UCLA student Alexandra Wallace famously unleashed a YouTube rant with racist undertones that decried "Asians in the library."
The Vietnamese Student Union is organizing an "awareness event" outside Kerckhoff Hall Thursday at noon.
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