CALIFORNIA (WTXF) - The Student Body President of a California university is speaking out about racism after a racially-charged insult was hurled her way last week.
Rini Sampath is the Student Body President at the University of Southern California.
Buzzfeed reports that on the night of September 19, Sampath and her friends were walking home when a student yelled, “You Indian piece of [expletive]!” at her through a frat house window. He then proceeded to hurl his drink at Sampath and her friends.
The next day, Sampath posted her story to Facebook.
She wrote in part, “Last night, as I was walking back from my friend’s apartment, a student screamed out at me through the window of his fraternity house, “You Indian piece of [expletive]!” before hurling his drink at my friends and me.
“Once his fraternity brothers realized it was me, they began to apologize. This stung even more. Today, as I try to unpack these events, I couldn’t quite figure out why their after-the-fact apologies deepened the wound.
“But one of my friends explained it to me the best this morning: “Because now you know, the first thing they see you as is subhuman.” And that’s the first thing some students on our campus see when they look at anyone who looks like me.”
She then explained why she was posting about the experience, saying that “this can’t continue.”
“Some people don’t believe racism like this can happen on our campus. Some people continue to doubt the need for safe spaces and the need for expanded cultural resource centers or the need for gender neutral bathrooms or the need for diversity in our curriculum or the need for diversity in our professors or the need for diversity in dialogue,” she wrote.
“And to those who continue to believe we’re just playing the “race” card, I ask you this — what’s there to win here? A sense of respect? A sense of humanity? A sense of love and compassion for others regardless of how they look like?”
After posting, Sampath received tons of comments from people lending their support.
And just three days after her experience, Sampath began a campus-wide discussion about hate crimes and how to eliminate them.
Sampath's original post has been shared more than 1,400 times and liked more than 9,900 times.