UCLA student who recorded rant against Asians apologizes, leaves school
LOS ANGELES — The University of California Los Angeles undergraduate who caused a nationwide stir after posting a racially charged rant against Asians on YouTube.com apologized for her comments Friday and withdrew her admission from the school.
Alexandra Wallace, a resident of Fair Oaks, Calif., a suburb in Sacramento County said she had received death threats from angry members of the public who viewed her rant against Asians.
“I have offended the UCLA community and the entire Asian culture,” Wallace said in an apology message published by The Daily Bruin newspaper. “I am truly sorry for the hurtful words I said and the pain it caused to anyone who watched the video. Especially in the wake of the ongoing disaster in Japan, I would do anything to take back my insensitive words.”
In the video, Wallace poked fun at the Asian culture claiming that she would wake up to find extended family members of students in her apartment complex cooking and cleaning.
“They don’t teach their kids to fend for themselves,” she said in the video.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block condemned the video, calling Wallace’s statements hurtful against the school’s Asian community. The university did not punish Wallace for her comments.
Wallace said she chose to leave the school after her personal information — including her home address and phone number — were published online.
“I could write apology letters all day and night, but I know they wouldn’t erase the video from your memory, nor would they act to reverse my inappropriate action,” she said in her apology. ”
The Beat News Service contributed reporting from Los Angeles. Contact the Beat at firstname.lastname@example.org.