UCLA Student Apologizes For ‘Racist Rant’

Two minutes and fifty-one seconds of public footage can really change your life.

Or in this girl’s case, possibly end it.

On Friday, UCLA student Alexandra Wallace posted a self-recorded video on YouTube titled ‘Asians in the Library’.

By Sunday, the video had gone viral and Wallace was reportedly receiving death threats from offended viewers.

In the video, a visibly annoyed Wallace openly talks about her personal views of UCLA’s Asian student body. For almost three minutes, Wallace recounts why she believes Asians are a problem at her school.

Here are some direct quotes from Wallace’s video, ‘Asians in the Library’:

“The problem is these hoards of Asian people that UCLA accepts into our school every single year.”

“They [Asian parents] don’t teach their kids to fend for themselves. They also don’t teach them manners.”

“In America, we don’t talk on our cellphones in the library…I swear they’re going through their whole families just checking on everybody from the tsunami thing…go outside.”

In response to the uproar her video caused, Wallace issued an apology to UCLA’s student publication, the¬†Bruin,¬†yesterday.

Wallace stated:

“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 the apology, University Chancellor Gene Block made a video in response to the entire situation.

Block states, “I am appalled by the thoughtless and hurtful comments of a UCLA student posted on YouTube. Like many of you, I recoil when someone invokes the right of free expression to demean other individuals or groups.”

Although Wallace has since taken the video down, YouTube users were able to re-post it in both its original form and parodied/remixed versions.

To view a re-posted ‘Asians in the Library’, click here.