‘We were trying to figure out a way to protect ourselves’: UAB student faces hate-crime charges after ‘white supremacist’ comment
WASHINGTON — An Oregon college student was charged with hate-crimes after a video surfaced of him making a racist comment.
Wake Forest University’s Police Chief Mike Meehan told the Associated Press the student was not allowed to speak to students after making the racist remark.
Meehans office declined to elaborate.
A woman who identified herself as a WFU student posted the video to YouTube on Wednesday.
In the video, the man makes disparaging remarks about Asians and Hispanics.
“I can’t imagine that you would want your child to go to a university where you have this kind of racial profiling, this kind a discrimination,” he said.
“We’re not going to tolerate that.”
He also says blacks are lazy and said he’s never been to the U.S. and doesn’t care if he’s black or white.
The woman also said he should be deported.
The U.K.-based Daily Mail reported that Wake Forest police have asked the FBI for help investigating the video.
A U.N. official has criticized the video for inciting racial hatred and said it was not meant to be racist.
The official said it is not enough to simply criticize racism.
“The fact is that there is a lack of understanding of the difference between racist attitudes and actions,” the official said.
The U.L.A. student was arrested at a campus rally and charged with a hate crime, according to the L.A.-based Los Angeles Times.
The campus is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from campus in Los Angeles.
The man in the video has since been identified as 20-year-old James Clark, who attended Wake Forest as a freshman in fall 2016.
Wake Forest President Tim Graham said in a statement to the AP that Clark was not involved in the incident and that the university is “deeply concerned” about his “character and actions.”
The college released a statement on Thursday saying it has expelled Clark from the school.
It said he has been suspended from school pending an investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.