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A minority student admitted to hanging a noose in the campus library at UC San Diego. The incident sparked several protests at the campus. The student said that the act was not meant to recall the lynching of blacks. Um-kay.
The LA Times reported:
The campus paper publishes an anonymous letter by a minority student who calls the incident ‘a mindless act and stupid mistake.’
The UC San Diego student reportedly responsible for hanging a noose last week in a campus library issued a public, but anonymous, apology Monday and said she had no racist motivation.
The noose’s discovery set off protests at a school that is already tense from recent racially charged episodes and triggered condemnations from UC leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In a letter published Monday on the front page of the UC San Diego student newspaper, the Guardian, the student wrote that the incident was “a mindless act and stupid mistake” and was not meant to recall the lynching of blacks.
“As a minority student who sympathizes with the students that have been affected by the recent issues on campus, I am distraught to know that I have unintentionally added to their pain,” the student wrote. She was suspended Friday and remains under investigation for a possible hate crime.
The letter is signed “Anonymous UCSD Student” and offers no clues about her identity or ethnicity.
Sari Thayer, the Guardian’s Web editor, said in an interview that the woman had asked the paper to publish the letter and that “a reliable source” confirmed its authenticity.
The woman wrote that she and friends had been playing with the rope early last week, making a lasso and then a noose.
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