On Friday, two white students who are apparently supremacist known via police reports as Matthew Frazier and Matthew Rawlings—at the University of Arizona were arrested for assaulting a black student for no apparent reason with many claiming he was targeted for being black!.
— Arizona Daily Star (@TucsonStar) September 14, 2019
The racially motivated incident met with alot of outrage from people which resulted in hundreds taking to the streets to protest in Tucson.
The attack reportedly occurred after 11 p.m. on Sept. 10 on school grounds outside of a residence hall. The white boys allegedly called the victim the n-word eight to ten times before one attacked him and then punched him in the head “like five times”—according to the police report released Friday.
The victim, whose has been hidden by the police, said he was also kicked while on the ground by the white boys he did not know.
According to police, both men appeared to be intoxicated and didn’t remember much of the incident when initially questioned after being found and detained and a nearby house.
The victim had “minor injuries” from the assault, including scrapes on his knuckles, elbow, and knee, the report said.
The report also stated the victim initially did not want to press charges against the men..
On Thursday, University President Robert C. Robbins issued a lukewarm statement which did zero or no justice to the gravity of the crime done against the black student
“We need to come together and let people know, without qualification, that intolerance and discrimination have no home here. Unless we have a safe environment, free of violence, discrimination, and hate, students will not be free to learn and pursue their dreams,” he said in a statement.
The University of Arizona police chief took to social media on Friday, tweeting that UA police arrested two students and recommended charging with class 1 misdemeanor assault.
According to the Arizona Republic, the Pima County Attorney’s Office will review the recommended charges and decide whether to prosecute.
The Associated Press reports that protesters said [Frazier and Rawlings] were initially recommended to participate in a social justice diversion training program instead of facing charges.
What in the Felicity Huffman f#`k kind of shiznit is this?
That proposed slap-on-the-wrist was a slap-in-the-face to the Black Student Union who went right on ahead and called the attack a hate crime.
Hotter than fish grease, the organization openly criticized the school’s response to the “racially-motivated” assault in a statement before Friday’s arrest.
“The silence on this matter is threatening. Especially as Black students, we deserve safety in our own community. The victim’s silence is warranted, but the administration’s is not.”
We can rejoice in knowing that these future leaders are not going for the n-word nonsense.
— Justin Spears (@JustinESports) September 13, 2019
Above is the video of Friday’s protest which went viral on social media, showing hundreds of people walking through streets near the university, holding signs condemning racism and hate crimes—with some yelling “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now.”
What are your thoughts concerning this inhumane treatment and would you press charges if it was you?