UCLA student quits school over anti-Asian rant

Alexandra Wallace, a student at the University of California Los Angeles who posted an anti-Asian rant on Youtube, has decided to quit school despite the university’s decision not to discipline her, the AP reports.

In a statement released last week, Wallace said she decided to stop attending classes because of "the harassment of (her) family, the publishing of (her) personal information, death threats and being ostracized from an entire community."

 

"The problem is these hordes of Asian people that UCLA accepts into our school every single year, which is fine. But if you’re going to come to UCLA, then use American manners," Wallace said in the video that has spawned various video responses.

 

The political science student added, "In an attempt to produce a humorous YouTube video, I have offended the U.C.L.A. community and the entire Asian culture... Especially in the wake of the ongoing disaster in Japan, I would do anything to take back my insensitive words. I could write apology letters all day and night, but I know they wouldn’t erase the video from your memory, nor would they act to reverse my inappropriate action."

While U.C.L.A. officials were "appalled and offended by the sentiments expressed in the video," they said Wallace’ viral video was an exercise of free speech, reports the AP. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Janina Montero said the video did not threaten a certain person or group.

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