[[UPDATE: Since publication of this article, Benjamin Lin has decided to remove the video of the incident from YouTube out of respect for all those who appear in it. Excerpts from the video can be read below. Lin has since been in full cooperation with the Department of Public Safety. According to Lin, the situation has now been settled with Judicial Affairs.] ]
Hard to believe racism still exists, isn’t it? Well, actually, no. On the night of June 23, SU alum Benjamin Lin recorded a video of his neighbors on Walnut Avenue yelling racial slurs and chucking an unidentified object at the camera. The ill-informed delinquent you see in the video is making racial remarks, including but not limited to, “Hello Kitty! Hello Kitty!” and “Math, math, math!”
It comes as no surprise that he describes Asians and/or Asian Americans as “f*****s,” “m***********g fish,” and “ninjas.” He also thinks Asian males have “short dicks”—clearly, he hasn’t broadened his horizons as of late. This fine gentleman goes on to say Asian and/or Asian Americans get no respect in the United States. Well dear God, no kidding! And to think I haven’t learned enough during the 21 years I’ve lived on this perfect Earth. Here’s what he had to say about my friend who taped this:
“Won’t come outside though cause you’re a f*****g coward…f*****g Japanese, beat your ass in World War II m***********s!”
“You know you’re in my country right?”
“But you have to come to my country, steal our f*****g education and f**k with us.”
If Chancy Nancy, or any university officials, refuse to act upon this travesty and continue to harbor and accept racial harassment, then I don’t know why I’m still paying a shit-ton of money to associate myself with such animals. I am not accusing anyone of sitting idly as racism spills across campus.
What I am accusing people of, especially those in authority within SU, including students, is a lack of consistency in effort. We congregate, brainstorm and create programs in hopes of sealing the racism gap, but they have obviously obviously ineffective. As incoming freshmen, we are mandated to complete Alcohol EDU, an alcohol abuse prevention program featuring amateur actors in fabricated scenarios. Underage drinking is unlawful, yes, but so is racial harassment.
Racial slurs and derogatory or offensive statements against one’s race are unlawful. Where is our Racism EDU video for that? Where in our core curriculum is there a course on racism in America? Where is there a day we pay tribute to the lives lost in brutal massacres and bullying due to racial remarks? Do they think we simply carry that kind of information from U.S. History in high school with us to college? The idiot in this video is a prime example there are some things we must constantly reteach.
I am not sorry for wanting an America and college campus free of racism. The U.S. has been and always will be a melting pot of beautiful and intelligent people. Don’t let one fool put you down. Remember, we have as much value as the American standing next you. Oh let’s not forget, “Godzilla is coming!” I’m looking at you, Nancy Cantor.