On March 11, 2011, the same day the tsunami hit Japan, the Asian community exploded with fury at a racist video blog posted by an alleged student at UCLA titled “Asians in the Library.” Alexandra Wallace mocked the “hordes of Asians” swarming to the UCLA library and mocking them for talking on the phone in the library. She mocks these students by imitating Asian languages in a derogatory manner saying, “Ohhhh! Ching chong ling long ting tong!”
On the day the tsunami hit Japan and without an ounce of sensitivity, she states that if the Asian students want to check if their families in Japan are still alive, they need to do it outside. After the video was posted on YouTube, she received many threats and took the video off of her account immediately. It was, however, too late, because the video had already spread through the viral world creating fumes of anger in Asians and their friends. She sought police protection after these threats.
The school’s chancellor, Gene Block, called the incident “a sad day for UCLA,” but had previously told the presses that no one at UCLA is registered under the name Alexandra Wallace and that none of the UCLA staff knows who the person in the video is. This was clearly to protect Wallace from the overwhelmingly angry members of the Asian-American population and their friends. This was done most likely to protect her identity. However, should she be protected, or should she face the consequences for posting such a racist monologue? Wallace apologized for the video in a letter to the campus newspaper on Monday March 14, 2011, stating:
“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.”
After receiving many angry YouTube video responses, phone calls, emails and other forms of threats, she sought police protection. In such an advanced society, it is obvious that people are still not past the issue of racism.
UCLA Responds To Alexandra Wallace:
After the backlash of her rant—Wallace deleted her Facebook profile, shut down all social media accounts connected to her name and removed herself from UCLA’s directory.
22 March 2011–
Though her actions were offensive and uncalled for. UCLA decided not to discipline the “hate speech,” as described by some, Wallace gave in her video.
Wallace voluntarily left UCLA in order to protect herself and her family from the continual harassment they are still enduring.
Her actions were wrong, HOWEVER–
Do you think Wallace should have been forced out of a school like UCLA just to protect herself and her family?