Demand University of Texas Hold Educational Seminars on Racism After Racist Attacks

Target: Douglas Garrard, Senior Associate Dean of Students

Goal: Hold seminars on racism at the University of Texas

The University of Texas at Austin is dealing with reports stating that students of color have been victims of possible racial attacks. Four students have come forward to the police revealing that they have been attacked with bleach-filled balloons while on the West side of campus. The attacks date back a few months, but the reports have recently been filed after the police encouraged students to come forward. The four victims are of African American and Asian American descent, which lead many to believe that these attacks may be ethnically driven. Although the University of Texas has opened up an investigation to find the offender or offenders, it must also hold educational seminars that promote a healthier view on diversity on campus.

The four students all reported that they were attacked near apartments that are technically off campus within the west neighborhood. Each victim stated that the balloons fell from above, and thus, they did not see who was responsible, nor did they see the attack coming. One of the female victims was attacked twice.

Understanding diversity within the student community is vital in today’s world. Students should learn to accept one another regardless of race since these values will be transferred into the real world, and thus, the University of Texas must find new ways of promoting diversity on campus.

The university must also work harder on cracking down these incidents. The students would have never filed reports if the university police chief, Robert Dahlstrom, did not reach out to the students. According to the university police department, news of the incidents was first heard through social media, especially Facebook. Police officers went onto Facebook after hearing rumors of the incidents for more research and found that many victims had stated that they were attacked by these balloons. The fact that the students did not feel safe enough to report it and that the police had to find out through second sources is troublesome.

There was a campus protest against these attacks, revealing how upset students and staff are. The attacks cannot continue any longer and the university must find those responsible and punish them fairly. On top of that, the university must find a new way to educate the students about diversity on campus. Sign this petition to urge the university to hold seminars promoting racial equality.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Douglas Garrard, Senior Associate Dean of Students,

The attacks on students of color at the University of Texas at Austin have drawn concerns over the student community on campus. Four victims have filed police reports with the university police department stating that they have been hit with bleach-filled balloons while walking near the apartments on the west side of campus.

All four victims are of African and Asian American descent, and although they have not been physically hurt, the attacks say a lot about racism within campus. Since the balloons were thrown from above, the assailants have not been identified and thus, no justice has been dealt. Although there is an investigation right now, you are still responsible to make sure no more attacks occur. In the meantime, you must find a new and more efficient way to educate the campus about diversity.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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