Rini Sampath who immigrated from India was walking past a fraternity when a member stuck his head out the window and screamed “You Indian piece of s-!” He then proceeded to toss a drink at her, reports the News India Times.
Sampath tried to shake the incident from Saturday off. But she couldn’t. She ended up posting about it on her Facebook page.
“I’m still in a state of shock. There’s an indescribable hollowness in me, but I’m going public with this because this can’t continue. Some people don’t believe racism like this can happen on our campus. Some people continue to doubt the need for safe spaces and the need for expanded cultural resource centers or the need for gender neutral bathrooms or the need for diversity in our curriculum or the need for diversity in our professors or the need for diversity in dialogue. And to those who continue to believe we’re just playing the “race” card, I ask you this — what’s there to win here? A sense of respect? A sense of humanity? A sense of love and compassion for others regardless of how they look like?
“This isn’t an isolated incident. It happens everywhere. Last week, individuals in a pick-up truck yelled racial slurs at Mizzou’s Student Body President, Payton Head. Who knows what will happen to someone who looks like me today?
“You Indian piece of sh*t” is the type of language attackers have used before brutally murdering someone. Just look at Inderjit Singh Mukker. “You Indian piece of sh*t” are words used to humiliate someone for who they are. “You Indian piece of sh*t” continues to ring so loudly in my ears I still can’t shake it from me.
“Whether racism or sexism or homophobia or transphobia happens on the internet, or behind closed doors, or in a small group setting, or as “just a joke,” it’s not okay. It’s never okay.
“I was surrounded by nearly ten of my friends when this happened last night. I’m glad I was, because I don’t know what I would have done if I was alone. They consoled me by telling me, “Whatever you do the next morning will be the right thing.”
“Well, I really don’t know what to do. For now, this is my public plea. I don’t know if what I have written here is enough, because there aren’t enough words in the world to summarize the experiences of people who look like me and what they go through every, single day.
“We lost a football game last night, SC. But I think there’s something bigger, much bigger that we’re losing here. And we have to get it back.”
Fellow students, friends and the USC administration have overwhelmingly come out to support Sampath.
You can read about that in the News India Times.