Earlier this week, we posted the video of UCLA student Alexandra Wallace making fun of Asian students, and ranting about what she claimed was their rampant use of cell phones in the library. She mocked their language, and said, among other charming things, that “I swear, they’re going through their whole families just checking on everybody from the tsunami thing…if you are going to go call your address book, you might as well go outside.”
The video turned into a bit of an internet sensation, then Wallace got some death threats, and it then came out that her dad’s a racist too, and supported Alexandra’s idea for an entire blog that made fun of Asian students using cellphones in libraries.
You’d think that it would be enough of a PR nightmare for UCLA that they’d have to kick her out, or at least discipline her. Instead, they told the LA Times today that:
“While we were appalled and offended by the sentiments expressed in the video, we have uncovered no facts to lead us to believe the student code of conduct was violated. The campus has no intention of pursuing the matter further,” UCLA spokesman Phil Hampton said in a telephone interview Friday.
So. What do you think? Did they do the right thing? Or should she have been kicked out? (Incidentally, Wallace wrote a letter today to the school’s newspaper announcing that she would no longer be attending UCLA — for “personal safety reasons.”)