Edited to add: Just to make it perfectly clear, the reports of death threats against Alexandra Wallace appear to originate from the Daily Bruin, which later amended its article to say that the police can neither “confirm nor deny” said threats. Yet articles continue to appear about the death threats.
So UCLA student Alexandra Wallace posted a racist rant to youtube. Basically it’s about how she is trying to have an epiphany while studying but Asians keep interrupting her train of thought by talking ching-chong language into their cell phones. Although she tries to be understanding because she knows about the tsunami.
Now the media is reporting that she has received death threats. According to a UCLA spokesperson, the police are “are currently working to ensure her safety.”
Wait, death threats?
The Daily Bruin (student newspaper):
A UCLA student has received multiple death threats in response to her video “Asians in the Library,” which was posted Friday.
Later amended to add the following:
Wallace contacted university police early Sunday evening after receiving numerous threats via e-mail and phone, said UCPD spokeswoman Nancy Greenstein. UPDATED: UCPD cannot confirm or deny that any of the threats were death threats.
The Washington Post:
… campus police were investigating threats against her.
“The vast majority of those are more annoying than threatening, but out of an abundance of caution campus police are investigating a small number to determine whether any crime was committed,” campus spokesman Phil Hampton said of the threats.
He declined to describe the messages in detail but said he wouldn’t characterize them as rising to the level of death threats.
The LAist: “UCLA Co-Ed Who Posted Video Rant Apologizes, Got Death Threats”
Alexandra Wallace, a third-year Political Science student at UCLA, says she has received death threats since a video rant about Asian students using their phones inside the library went viral in recent days.
“Wallace contacted university police early Sunday evening after receiving numerous threats via e-mail and phone,” UCPD spokeswoman Nancy Greenstein told the Daily Bruin. However, the blog added an update noting “UCPD cannot confirm or deny that any of the threats were death threats.”
So did a reporter speak to her? Implied, but probably not.
LA Times: “UCLA student who posted anti-Asian YouTube video receives death threats” reports what was written in the Daily Bruin. Except the article leaves out that part about “UCPD cannot confirm or deny” the death threats.
New York Daily News: “Alexandra Wallace, UCLA student who ranted against Asians, receives death threats, apologizes”
A UCLA student whose racist rant about Asians went viral over the weekend has received multiple death threats, school officials said.
Alexandra Wallace, a junior political science major, has sought the protection of campus police after she received several calls and emails from people threatening revenge for her recording the tirade, titled “Asians in the Library,” UCLA’s Daily Bruin newspaper reported.
“She recieved numerous phone messages and emails,” school spokesman Phil Hampton told the Daily News. “Police are investigating to determine whether a crime was committed.”
No official is named as having corroborated the multiple death threats. Also, it’s I before E, except after C.
But take a look around the web. And it’s all about the death threats, which haven’t been corroborated by any named person. But “death threat” in the headline sounds good. It reinforces the idea of those scary people of color. Simultaneously, it takes the focus away from an environment in which a third-year college student thought she was free to spew racism without repercussions.
So now you know how this is being spun. Poor girl does something stupid and now she fears for her life! She’s the real victim here. The university is concerned with her safety. Because “safety” in a multiracial environment is always about the safety of white people.
Her finals are also being rescheduled. (No word about the rescheduling for people affected by her racism or by the tsunami and earthquake.)
The Bruin also quotes her political science professor:
“What Wallace did was hurtful and inexcusable, but the response has been far more egregious,” he told the Bruin. “She made a big mistake, and she knows it, but … they responded with greater levels of intolerance.”
It’s funny, you often hear white people talk disparagingly about “tolerance” and how children are taught today that every idea is correct. But it’s worse than that. “Intolerance” now means people who speak out against racism. We’re the intolerant ones creating the unsafe environment. And that is a threat. A death threat to privilege.