UCLA Racist Video Rant: Protected or Punishable?
Alexandra Wallace, a student from UCLA, is facing heavy criticism over a racist video she made and posted online. In this video, she ranted and mocked Japanese students who’d she’d been in the library with. Apparently she was angry when these students called their families after the disaster in Japan and “disrupted” her studying. It goes without saying that people are angered by the incredible insensitivity and racism she displays in her rants. The University is considering punishing her for these videos but some say that doing so violates her First Amendment Rights. Those who say that, in my opinion, are correct. You can’t actually punish someone for having an opinion and expressing it. The University can, however, punish her based on their own honor codes. They have a statement that says: “We do not tolerate acts of discrimination, harassment, profiling or other harm to individuals on the basis of expression of race, color, ethnicity.”
Ultimately, this girl is protected by the First Amendment but can and should be punished under the University’s honor code. Her behavior is ignorant, immature, and embarrassing.
It’s sad that people can be this selfish amid such an appalling tragedy. If her family had been hit by a tsunami, i’m sure she would have found it perfectly acceptable to call them, no matter where she was, even if it was the library.
Obviously she was angry at the Japanese students; so she made the video. But i don’t understand why in the world she thought it would be an intelligent thing to do to post it online. Nowadays, we all know how quickly things spread on the internet. I wonder if she was looking for attention. According to her father’s facebook page (which has since been taken down, along with her video, which was reposted however and is down below) Alexandra was trying to start a blog with videos like the racist one she made.
You can watch the video here.
Warning: she’s annoying.
“In America, we do not talk on our cell phones in the library.” Oh but we make racist videos about people?
“…Being the polite American girl my momma raised me to be…” Her mother clearly failed somewhere along the way.
I hope she regrets making this video one day.