Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The UCLA Rant seen 'round the world

In spite of the fact that UCLA poli-sci student Alexandra Wallace made the decision to remove an ill-conceived youtube "rant" titled "Asians in the Library" and issue an apology, a re-posted copy has already reached close to a million views on youtube and inspired many responses and spoofs. Demonstrating white privilege at its finest, Wallace simplifies Asian students into one monolithic category who's right to be admitted to UCLA and to be considered "American" she resolutely calls into question without the blink of an eyelash. I cannot wait to show my students this tape so we can un-package her rhetorical convictions. Take a look for yourself and let me know what you think:

Here is a response from a non-UCLA student:

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