You would think that people would be smart enough not to post racist videos on the internet, or to at least know that prefacing something with “I’m not the most politically correct person, so don’t take this offensively” doesn’t exonerate what you’re about to say- but people are stupid.
The alleged student in the video above, Alexandra Wallace (I found evidence in her enrollment at UCLA but after half an hour of searching could not find the original source of the video or anything solidly linking her to it) not only exhibited a lack of cultural sensitivity but also a level of ignorance that is almost hilarious.
While I have never been to UCLA, here in Oregon non-American’s aren’t the only people who talk on their phones in the library. Here at UO, this is mainly curtailed by the lack of cell-service in the library but that’s not the case at OSU and you can ask anyone at OSU and they’ll tell you that everyone talks in the library, all the time, even in the quiet sections.
Perhaps what’s most amusing is that Wallace talks about how her mama raised her to be a “nice polite American girl.” I wasn’t aware that polite and racism were synonyms, silly me and I’m absolutely sure that her parents are very proud of her for making the above video. In fact, right now they’re probably holding a dinner party in her honor and showing all their friends.
Wallace offered offhanded condolences to those affected by the tsunami while noting that they should take their phone calls elsewhere. Yes, talking in the library can be rude but in the wake of everything that has happened this weekend I would presume getting a hold of family is hard and if these students manage to get a hold of their family while studying in the library they damn well deserve to talk to their family. Yeah, maybe they should move outside, but they’re probably caught up in the moment and quite frankly, I would be too.
Final exams can be stressful and people shouldn’t be talking in the library but neither is an excuse for racism.
Note: As the original source has been allegedly deleted, this video could have been taken out of context (it could for example be a part of a film project or a joke). I have attempted to contact Ms. Wallace to clear up this matter and will update you if I get anymore information.
Update: According to UCLA’s student newspaper, The Daily Bruin a UCLA spokesperson called the video “repugnant” and the university is looking into the matter.
Update (7:02 a.m.): The youtube video I had embedded in this blog post has been marked as “private.” I have updated with a new link and will continue to do so every time said link is removed. Dear Ms. Wallace, you were screwed when you put this on the internet, you are going to have to hire a staff to flag and remove every repost and at that, we all already know what you said. If you’re going to make a video at least stand by it and own up to what you have done.
Update (7:39 p.m.): It has been confirmed that Alexandra Wallace is the young lady featured in the lovely film above. The schools administration will be looking into whether or not the video violates any student codes (though I’m not sure how they’d get away with that and it’s debatable what part the university has in this situation).
Wallace released the following statement to The Daily Bruin, a student newspaper at UCLA;
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.