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Video attacking Asian UCLA students is 'hateful and ignorant,' school chancellor says [Updated]

March 14, 2011 |  4:09 pm

UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block said he is "appalled" by a video posted on YouTube by a white student in which she criticizes the behavior of Asians on campus.

"Like many of you, I recoil when someone invokes the right of free expression to demean other individuals or groups. This one act certainly does not represent the views of our UCLA community," Block said in a press conference. "Our community is built on mutual respect and civility, and we are committed to fostering an environment that values and supports every member of the community."

The video has generated criticism on campus, and a university spokesman said officials were looking into the matter.

In the video, the student, Alexandra Wallace, comments about the manners of Asian students, among other things.

[Update 6:23 p.m.: UCLA spokesman Phil Hampton said university officials are evaluating whether the student may have violated the code of conduct and, if so, what possible discipline she could face.

Wallace could not be reached for comment.

The UCLA campus newspaper, the Daily Bruin, reported receiving a statement from Wallace in which she apologized and said: “I cannot explain what possessed me to approach the subject as I did, and if I could undo it, I would.”]

In his statement, Block said the student's video has "no place at UCLA":

It is most unfortunate that a single clip on the Internet undermines that environment by expressing hurtful and shameful ideas about others in our community. I believe that speech that expresses intolerance toward any group of people on the basis of race or gender, or sexual, religious or cultural identity is indefensible and has no place at UCLA. Let this incident serve as a reminder of our collective responsibility to confront hateful and ignorant speech and to uphold UCLA’s core values of respect and integrity.
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