Calling for the Expulsion of USC Students and from USC
Calling for the Expulsion of USC Students and from USC
Why this petition matters
The University of Southern California and its student body are no strangers to rampant racism, classism, and Islamophobia. Hundreds of personal accounts of discrimination towards people of color and low-income students on campus have come to light in the past week. These accounts have made the harmful nature of our university’s predominately white, wealthy faculty and students very apparent.
Evidence has surfaced of USC students and former USG members and pushing anti-Black, anti-Palestinian, and classist narratives against and about other students at the University.
has a history of anti-Black racism stemming as far back as 2018. It is one thing to struggle with your own identity internally, however, she has expressed this sentiment outwardly in ways that harm other Black students in the Trojan community. In 2018, she messaged a Black student in which she attempted to place herself above low-income Black people by saying she “gets sh*t for being well off and educated.” In addition to this, she boasted about being “whitewashed”, as if intelligence and wealth cannot be associated with the Black experience. She implies she is closer in proximity to whiteness because of her class privilege. As recent as last year (if not closer in date), she has ridiculed the natural hair AND weave of other Black women. Depicted in an anonymous post confirmed to be about , emphasizes her self-proclaimed superiority above low-income Black people by claiming she is “one of the only Black people at USC who can afford nice things.” While this claim was made anonymously, given the proof of her anti-Black racism and classism in other messages, it must be considered. She only holds onto her Blackness when it is convenient for her, weaponizing her class privilege and white-supremacist ideologies to attack and demean other Black people in her vicinity. It is a sad display of self-hatred and cognitive dissonance, yet its undeniable impact on others cannot be ignored simply because she is Black herself. This is especially inexcusable because she was a USG senator who promised in her campaign to advocate for all communities on campus. I has proven she is capable of and does perpetuate racist ideologies in ways that harm the people around her. She joins in texts mocking Haitian and Cuban people in Florida. She implies they are to blame for an apparently “high STD rate” in the state. track record of racism does not end there, as friends of hers have come forward and spoken up about xenophobic comments she has made about immigrants. has gone as far as jokingly stating her father, who works as an immigration lawyer, can and will deport the undocumented student she is (or was) friends with. Similar to jarring Islamophobia and anti-Palestinian statements,can also be seen expressing a desire to see/commit militarized violence against Palestinians in a failed attempt at humor. “If your b*tch is from Palestine I pull up in my tank,” she said—a direct quote from
, a white student at USC, was recently called out for an Islamaphobic TikTok he publically uploaded which mocks Palestinian and Muslim people. In the TikTok, he wears a hijab, mocking and appropriating Muslim religious practices and expression. He also stated in texts that Palestinians are dying because they refuse to “let Israel exist”, blaming Palestinian people for their own displacement and genocide. After this already appalling statement, he then goes on to argue against the very existence of Palestinian people, a level of ignorance and erasure echoed by many white-supremacists and Zionists. Outside of that text conversation, he also boasted about defacing “Free Palestine” art by writing in Hebrew over it. He openly identifies as a Zionist and vocalizes his support of the IDF’s crimes on his TikTok. ignorance does not end here, however, as he also can be seen spewing immensely racist and anti-Black sentiments in a group chat with . One of his texts reads: “I hate playing dodge the Haitian on the i95 bridge.” In that text alone, he has dehumanized and expressed his disgustingly offensive view of the Haitian people from his home state of Florida. Additionally, he can also be seen in texts equating not owning the iPhone X with being “practically homeless.” shows no care for low-income students, openly making a mockery of those with less money than him for entertainment. He shows no regard for Black and brown people, saying blatantly discriminatory things about other ethnic groups.
These students’ behavior has revealed that they should not be allowed on our campus in spaces where they pose not only discomfort but a danger to any people who identify as being low-income, Black, or Pale anti-Black rhetoric is one that can be traced back to 2018. A woman with years of internalized racism, classism, and Zionism behind her should not be given the luxury of being a USC student. encouragement, amusement, and echoing of the white-supremacist and classist rhetoric spewed by cannot be overlooked or explained away, either. They both pose a threat to the health, happiness, and safety of other students on campus. They, as many other racist and classist students do, will go on to graduate from USC and join a workforce in which they will inflict their views upon innocent people. It is the job of the University to ensure the safety of its current students as well as its future alumni in the workforce. They should not be allowed to take these views with them into positions more powerful than the ones they have already been given and abused.
The Black and Palestinian students at USC are calling for the expulsion of both students as their actions and words surmount to what are violations of Title IX. They are a hindrance to the wellbeing and unity of our student body and have too openly disregarded the health and safety of others to be excused or defended. If USC and President Carol Folt truly stand with the people of color on its campus, we need to see an aggressive and blatant stance against actions like the ones committed by these two students. This goes beyond having difficult conversations and needs to be conducted with the utmost consideration of the safety and happiness of the people of color on campus. This means and accountability. This means and expulsion.
A working document of screenshots of and texts can be found here [ , as well as personal accounts of their insidious commentary and actions. All instances of these students’ hate could not have been included in this petition, but we cannot leave any proof out of consideration. Several organizations have been reaching out to higher administration with demands of support, accountability, and actions that must be taken. We invite the entire USC community and abroad to join us as we seek justice for each marginalized student on campus.