A New Entry for Academic Trompe L’Oeil? Racial Slurs in UCLA Johns

Or maybe it should be “racial slurs about UCLA johns.” Whatever. The Daily Bruin reports:

University police are investigating racial and sexist slurs, similar to those posted on a Vietnamese Student Union sign earlier this week, that were found written on the door of a bathroom stall in Powell Library Wednesday.

Second-year psychobiology student Antonette Sadile saw the handwritten phrase “Asian Women are White-Boy Worshipping Sluts” in the women’s bathroom of the library basement Wednesday afternoon, she said.

Sadile, who is the community outreach programmer for the Asian Pacific Coalition, called UCPD about the incident about an hour later.

Police have filed an official report and are investigating the vandalism, said UCPD Capt. Manny Garza.

The writing was still on the door of the bathroom as of 7 p.m. Wednesday.

A similar occurrence was reported to police on Tuesday, when a student found a piece of paper that read “asian women R Honkie white-boy worshipping Whores,” attached to a Vietnamese Student Union sign on the fourth floor of Kerckhoff Hall.

“I thought (Tuesday’s incident) was a more personal attack,” Sadile said. “But this is a bigger impact. It is really scary, I didn’t feel safe.”

Police said they could not comment on whether the two incidents were related.

Readers informed by history will be immediately suspicious of the authenticity of at least one of these crude attacks on the purity of Asian women. The hoax indicators are textbook: 1. The individual who found the note is a “community outreach programmer” for an identity-based student group, coincidentally–to be sure–of the very group at which the slur is aimed. 2. The note is found days after a similar note was found at the doorstep of another identity-based student group. 3. The community organizer says she “didn’t feel safe” while the police, tellingly, decline to make a connection between the two offensive notes.

Can you spot the racist hoax?

Here’s what will happen next: There will be rallies (already in the works, according to the Daily Bruin article); the dean of students (or equivalent) will issue a message to the community decrying the racism; there will be demands to increase funding for the Asian Pacific Coalition and the Vietnamese Student Union so that they can host workshops on racism and cultural diversity. Oh, and the campus police will investigate and find…I don’t know what in regard to the first note. It’s possible that its intent was exactly as advertised: to make people of one racial group feel bad. But the second? The one in the library bathroom? Well, let’s just put it this way: we’re all victims, aren’t we?

One thought on “A New Entry for Academic Trompe L’Oeil? Racial Slurs in UCLA Johns

  1. I have a suggestion for the UCLA campus police. They should check the university’s enrollment and employment records to see if there are any students or employees named R. Honkie. If that doesn’t pan out they could always ask the Justice Department to intervene. The DOJ could call the operation “Scary & Silly”.

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