UCLA Student Apologizes for Racist YouTube Rant
Alexandra Wallace, the University of California, Los Angeles student who created the viral “Asians in the Library” YouTube video apologized for rant. UCLA’s campus paper, The Daily Bruin, reports that Wallace regrets creating the video, in which she imitates speaking an Asian language with nonsense words after accusing Asian parents of not teaching their children to “fend for themselves” or manners. She also goes on to complain about “hordes” of Asian students talking on their cell phones in the library.
“Clearly the original video posted by me was inappropriate,” said Wallace. “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.”
The video has sparked an outburst of criticism, both at the college and from media sources. Robert Naples, associate vice chancellor and dean of students says he has personally received over 100 emails of complaint and describes the video as “beyond distasteful.” University Chancellor Gene D. Block issued a statement saying that this video is in no way representative of the college’s views nor those of its community. “Let this incident serve as a reminder of our collective responsibility to confront hateful and ignorant speech and to uphold UCLA’s core values of respect and integrity,” he concluded.
The original YouTube video has been removed, but several copied versions are circulating online. You can watch the original video or read a transcript here.
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