Incident Sparks Debate About Race at USC

September 23, 2015

The student body president at the University of Southern California, who was born in India, has set off a broad discussion on campus by reporting what happened to her while walking by a fraternity house, The Los Angeles Times reported. Rini Sampath, the student body president, wrote on Facebook that while she and friends were walking past a fraternity (which she didn't name), a fraternity member screamed at her that she was “an Indian piece of” (an expletive) and threw a drink at her. “Once his fraternity brothers realized it was me, they began to apologize,” Sampath wrote on Facebook. “This stung even more. Today, as I try to unpack these events, I couldn’t quite figure out why their after-the-fact apologies deepened the wound. But one of my friends explained it to me the best this morning: ‘Because now you know, the first thing they see you as is subhuman.’ And that’s the first thing some students on our campus see when they look at anyone who looks like me.”

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