Quotable Quote of the Month

What does it take for Republicans to take off the flag pin and say, 'I am just too embarrassed to be on this team'?".- Bill Maher

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Fallout From the "Asians in the Library" Video Rant

By now, many of you may have seen the video in which then UCLA student Alexandra Wallace went on a rant about Asians. The video (which I've posted below) is offensive and ignorant on a multitude of levels.  As expected, the video has drawn strong reactions.  Unfortunately, some of the reactions have crossed the line.  According to UCLA officials, Wallace and her family have received death threats.  As a result, she has decided to withdraw from the school. In a letter to the UCLA newspaper in which Wallace explained why she is leaving the school, she also apologized for the comments she made in the video. Here is a NY Daily News story that provides more details.

As ignorant as the video by Alexandra Wallace is, responding to it with more ignorance isn't the answer. After reading the N.Y. Daily News article, it still isn't clear if she's apologizing for what she said or simply sorry because of the negative publicity the video has generated. Apologizing to the entire UCLA campus was a nice gesture. However, saying she was sorry to the Asian community as well would have been even better.

Something positive could still come from Alexandra's "Asians in the Library" video rant.  I realize it's a dirty term for some, but this could be a "teachable moment" not only for her, but for others too.
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