Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Minority students at University of Texas targeted

Minority students that are walking near the West Campus apartments of University of Texas at Austin are being targeted with bleach ballons being dropped from above and trying to hit the students. This apparently has been happening since June.

The University of Texas in Austin is reeling from reports of black and Asian students seemingly being targeted and hit with bleach-filled balloons while off campus.

Dozens of students, alumni and faculty protested the attacks on campus Tuesday, after four students filed reports with the UT police department Monday saying they had been targeted.

Each of the students reported being hit while walking near West Campus apartments, a location that is off UT's campus, according to Cindy Posey, public information officer for the UT police department.

The incidents occurred from June through September, but students only came forward to report the attacks after being contacted by the UT police chief, Posey said.

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The targets in all of the attacks are students of color who say the bleach balloons fell from high-rise buildings toward them.

"It's very frustrating to know that it's 2012 and that stuff like this still happens," UT student Jaysen Runnels told ABC News affiliate KVUE-TV.

The African-American student said he had been hit twice by "bleach bombs" on two separate occasions in the area known as West Campus.

"A bleach bomb fell and hit me, my roommate," said Runnels, who is among the students who filed a police report. "Well, almost hit us. It barely missed us."
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14 comments:

charmainealita said...

Well Black students are learning the very hard and cruel way that in 2012 white racism is just as strong as it was before the civil rights bill was signed 47 years ago. And if it wasn't for the enactment of civil rights bleach filled balloons wouldn't be the only thing targeted at them.They need to organized black support groups on campus and they need to stick together to help each other emotionally while attending a white and racist university. There is strength in unity and they need to unite in the face of such overwhelming anti-black feelings.I say once more it's 2012 and anyone who stands and says racism in America has died is just damn crazy!

Anonymous said...

a student from w and J college,Pa. beat to death, white kid on his way home from bar, beaten by six townies, ill bet they were black.

Anonymous said...

We have come so far in terms of technology and scientific research, but never would i have thought that we still have such a big racism issue today, scpecially in such a big state that has all types of cultural backgrounds and mixes. It's a shame and something we must do to change!!

Anonymous said...

We have come so far in terms of technology and scientific research, but never would I have though that we still have such a big racism issue today, specially in such a big state like Texas that has all types of cultural backgrounds and mixes. It's truly a shame and we must do something to change! Racism =Ignorance

maria said...

It is hard to believe that these types of incidents are still occurring today, in the 21st century. This is America and it is an embarrassment to see that there is such hatred amongst different races still. Living in Miami, which is so diverse, we don't hear such cruel news often. This little article has opened my eyes to seeing that there are many places that racism still exists to a high degree. It is very sad.

juancho21 said...

It is very disappointing to see such immaturity among college students. Behaviors like such only prove that is not an academic title that reflects the level of growth achieve by an individual. How low is to do such a thing like throwing a balloon full of bleach to an African American student, that is just an act of cowardice. It was a total selfish act, showing the madness of the "superiority" mentality. I am most certain that the individual(s) affected by the occurrence do not have a complex of inferiority. I hope that justice will be done, and those individuals that took part of such degrading act should face an academic court. I believe in opportunities, and I hope these people come into sense before its too late. This I post in reply to my class as well. Class IDS3333. My name is Juan Martinez

Shelby Bowden said...

This incident at the University of Texas is disgraceful. I am not only embarrassed by the actions of these people, but I also feel terribly for the students targeted. I come from a less than diverse area of Colorado, but race was never something that any of us thought about. No one cared if you were white, black, brown or yellow. It has been an adjustment for me to go to college in the south. I never would have thought that race was still an issue, but now that I have seen and experienced it I can most definitely say that it is. It is an issue on both sides, and it saddens me.


In response to IDS 3333

Anonymous said...

You would think that as we grow older that people would grow out of the ignorance of racism.... But still after how all our country have been through... there are still so many racists. I find it truly upsetting. It is just extremely sad to know that Racism still exist in a place like a University.....

Tina N. said...

It’s such a shame that racism still exists, not only that but just pure ignorance. This blog definitely caught my eye. It’s so sad how people will target innocent college students by throwing bleach-filled balloons on them. Imagine just leaving your college campus, to be attacked in such a manner. Being Asian and a college student it really touched my heart, I was thinking throughout the blog I could’ve been one of the victims. Simply because my race. It is just something that is obviously going to be never ending, especially since such cruel people would go out of their way to harm people that don’t do anything to them whatsoever.

Aline said...

I was absolutley shocked when I read this. It's extremely saddening to know that racism still persists here in the United States. I understand if you feel a certain way torwards a certain race but to throw bleach bombs at their race is just absolutely disrespectful and this article has got me very heated.

Anonymous said...

It's almost unbelievable to think and imagine students my age acting with so much hate and dislike towards others from differing races. Students should be aiming to educate themselves instead of act so ignorant and cruel towards others. Racist behaviour is so sickening, I wish it would cease to exist in all cultures and countries in our modern world. IDS 3333 Melissa d'AdP

claudia rodriguez said...

I can't believe that we have racism in 2012. Also this is going on at school, some should be educating students to behave better, we are talking about adults not kids. I hope that justice will be done. We need to educate students people.....

matt boyce said...

What u forget to mention is all the blacks that say "That white boyl" and better yet my favorite "High yellow or yella" how about "White bitch".I live in Atlanta and it is common terms,however God forbid i say "Nigga" or express my thoughts on why our jails are full of blacks or why i go to a grocery store and see a mexican or black purchasing 300 dollars worth of meat and candy and chips and....well the list goes on,with their food stamp credit card.I am sick of hearing somebody is in trouble for being a racist or calling a queer a Fag.I dont consider myself a racist just a realist.Get over it people i think if this continues we should get our own TV station just like BET or awards just for whites.How's that for equality.

Anonymous said...

At The University of Texas in Austin, there has been reports of African American and Asian students having bleach filled balloons thrown at them. It is awful to hear that people of different races are being targeted physically. If they are being thrown from high buildings and are filled with bleach, then it can be dangerous. It is sick that there are college students out there who find pleasure in torturing other students who are of different races. Actions that some people take towards minorities are even worse and more physical than this, and may even lead to death.
Emily Betts, Miami University, Oh