A wave of hate-motivated attacks against minority University of Texas students that began last fall is now surfacing again as young black male was recently hit in the face with a bleach-filled balloon by white students who were allegedly aiming to “whiten” with the harmful chemical.
via Think Progress
On Wednesday, University of Texas student Bryan Davis, who is African American, was struck by a bleach-filled balloon while he was walking to visit a friend in a neighborhood populated by UT students.
This attack appears to be part of a chain of similar assaults targeting students of color on the Texas campus.
Last October, Austin police launched an investigation into four similar attacks on UT students, all of which targeted Asian or African Americans.
The October incidents sparked a wave of protests on Texas’ campus.
Davis told the Burnt Orange Report’s Ben Sherman that he doesn’t “feel safe walking around West Campus by myself” after the incident, and worried that incidents such as this one can poison the entire campus.
“I talked to my sister an hour ago,” said Davis. “She’s a freshman at Xavier University. I always tease her about how she should come to UT, but when I was talking to her on the phone about it, I was talking about why that was no longer a good idea, for her physical safety. UT is supposed to have the atmosphere of the entire city, it’s supposed to be progressive and forward-thinking, and here we are with hate crimes still taking place.”
Sherman also speculates that the purpose of the bleach bombs may be to target students of color with a chemical normally used to “whiten” clothes.
This is dangerous and ridiculous. These students should be heavily reprimanded so that this does not continue to happen. SMH.
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