UC Irvine Says "Go Back 2 Africa Slave" Note Was Left in Student's Backpack in Lab: Update

See the update at the end of this post with an image of the note stating "Go Back 2 Africa Slave" and the university disclosing it was left in the freshman student's backpack in a lab.

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ORIGINAL POST, MAY 9, 2:59 P.M.: A UC Irvine freshman received a note slipped under her dorm-room door* Tuesday night that read, "Go back 2 Africa slave," her mother has told a San Diego television station. (*The note was actually left in her backpack in a campus lab; see update.) A university spokeswoman later told ABC 10News the incident is now being investigated alongside the continuing probe into an Asian fraternity that posted a video online of students in blackface.

"It's an indication that we have some work to do in helping our students and our entire campus community understand and value the differences we have," Cathy Lawhon, a university spokeswoman, reportedly tells the station.

There is apparently no connection between the note under the door and the frat videos, although the mother of Charity Lyons claims an Asian person called her daughter "nigger" on campus last week.

Lawhon would not comment on whether UCI has a race problem between Asians and African Americans, 10News reports. Stephanie Lyons, Charity's mother, apparently does not want her daughter, a track athlete who is attending UCI on an academic scholarship, to stick around long enough to see if relations improve, urging her to transfer.

"If they were brave enough to put that note there," the mother tells the station, "who knows what extent they'll go to next time?"

Note left in UCI student's backpack.
UPDATE, MAY 10, 1:02 P.M.: The "Go Back 2 Africa Slave" note was actually left in Charity Lyons' backpack in a campus science lab, a university spokesman tells the Weekly.

It is also being investigated whether the freshman being called "nigger" happened on or off campus a week earlier.

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solefull1966
solefull1966

This is why my two tours of duty in vietnam has never bothered this solefull brother.



majorvariola
majorvariola

First get a handwriting sample from the "victim".

Then look at her grades --as a frosh sports scholarship she's probably a token.

Finally, no crime committed except going into a backpack.  Ideas are not crimes.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Asians aren't really racist. We just call a duck a duck and don't try mental gymnastics to hide what's plainly obvious. For example, if a black person comes into our store we're going to follow him around and feel sorry for his mother. Doesn't mean we think that there is something genetically inferior about blacks, just that a black person is more likely to be a thief probabalistically. We don't have the guilt that the whites do about using these people as farm equipment for years either. So what comes of as racism to whites is just plain commonsense to asians. 

SickSnail
SickSnail

A fraternity painted their faces black and they were asian? Surely you must be mistaken, OC Weekly! Only white people are racist, right?

danmadrids
danmadrids

In my opinion, OC is RACIST and always has been. I hear and see people, of all races talking/tweeting with each other,using the n word openly and with disregard, everywhere. Certainly no one can argue that the media, print, radio film/theater do not consider the word.... part of our culture now. Is this right or a "bad' thing?


vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

She likely wrote that herself. Attention whoring is par for the course with these people.

TylerDurden
TylerDurden

Irvine is turning to one big Chinese shit hole.  Just like Alhambra.

Jared Farrar
Jared Farrar

This is so pathetic! They didn't have the backbone to say it to her face, just left a little note. What happened to the days where someone would approach you if they had an issue? Furthermore, as of coming from the southern states, I've witnessed this many times, however, I thought individuals of CA were a little better than that. Don't get me wrong, I'm not naive but I had a higher expectation.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Yes there are racist idiots in every race. Having said that ...

Like all us Hispanic gang members from the east coast, I arrived in Irvine to attend the University of California, Irvine on a University scholarship. Three things struck this newly arrived NYC kid: 

1; What happened to the other weather patterns?

2. Why are there so many empty pools here? 

3. Where the hell did an entire race of people (black) vanish to. 

The last thought made me uncomfortable for a moment and then I shrugged it off.

30 years later ... 



Jim Kennedy
Jim Kennedy

There is a famous picture of a white girl student screaming racist insults at a black girl student who was trying to attend her school in Little Rock , Arkansas during the 1950 's . Many years later , at a reconciliation and commemoration of the historic integration of the high school , this same girl , now middle aged , formally apologized to the black woman that she had hated and insulted in an atmosphere of mob hysteria .

Jarod Oner
Jarod Oner

Who still says African American? I bet the kid was born right here in Cali, lol.

Bonnie Kennedy
Bonnie Kennedy

What is wrong with people? Grow up, and how bout going somewhere? Get an education outside the OC box: black people exist. Allll over this country. They're as American as the day is long, get over it.

Bill Gurney
Bill Gurney

Real sad. Time for people to grow up.

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

It does get me pissed off how some people fail to understand how much each successive wave of 'illegal aliens' (like someone invited the "native" Americans?!) have contributed to our culture. Even my pallid pink ancestors who arrived on this continent uninvited in the early 1600s.

Kanani Fong
Kanani Fong

What assholes. Glad you studied so damned hard to get that GPA to pass the standardized tests. Too bad, you fail at life.

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

Hello, moron student at UCI! His/her ancestors were dragged here against their will after their relatives were murdered in cold blood, to serve without fair compensation as slaves. There was an African-American 'back to Africa' movement that resulted in the nation of Liberia, but the majority chose to stay here. It is appalling that the USA, which flouts itself as a free nation was one of the last countries in the Americas to declare slavery illegal and it took a most horrific civil war that is still the one war to cost more American lives than any other. Where would our USA cred be these days without gospel music, soul music, Motown, gumbo, etc? Although dragged here by merciless mercenaries, they have risen to major contributors of what is now known as "American" culture. This honky feels extremely blessed by his fellow citizens of African-American heritage (especially my brothers/sisters in Christ).

Dave Nguyen
Dave Nguyen

University of Chinese Immigrants. It just adds to the exact description of that crappy university.

David Yeh
David Yeh

Frickin' A, Irvine. Disgraceful.

TylerDurden
TylerDurden

Probably another stunt pulled by LTD.  Trust me, Asians are the most racist race of all.

Shattered
Shattered

That's foul and the university should investigate it but let's not kid ourselves here. A white kid in South central Los Angeles would have a lot bigger problems than a racist note slid under their door.

Tomas Baden
Tomas Baden

So someone doesnt like the nigga, who cares, hes probably a dick.

Aaron Roach
Aaron Roach

hmm. Prince is in town, the note has no punctuation and the number 2 substituted for the word "to." Maybe take him in for questioning?

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@TylerDurden But it's our shithole, dammit! Plus, I love Lees sandwiches -- esp. the surgical lighting (I guess if your eyes don't open that wide, you need the extra lumens)

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@18usc241 We've never had many blacks in California, and certainly not in Orange County. In fact, blacks are only 12.5% of the US population. They are just vastly overrepresented on TV and in films (for no particular reason other than political correctness) and in sports (because they are, in general, better at running and jumping type sports).

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@Jim Kennedy Really? You're bringing in events from 60 years ago, 1500 miles away? 


Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@TylerDurden I'd say it's more likely a hoax pulled by the student herself. Google college + race + hoax for plenty of examples.

Logic
Logic

@Shattered Actually anyone living in an inner city neighborhood torn apart by poverty and gangs would have a hard time, that is not a race thing.  If you don't see the difference then you are simply blind.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

@Mitchell_Young  I have no problem with civilian racists such as yourself. I was able to turn one into a decent human being with a little love/encouragement/understanding. 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@Logic @Shattered Yeah, Reginald Denny was beaten just because he was a truck driver, not because he was a white truck driver in South LA

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@18usc241 @majorvariola @Mitchell_Young"You would be amazed at the connection between the reproduction rate of organisms and the resonant frequency of a vibrating bridge.   "


We've got to get you fitted for your tinfoil hat

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

@majorvariola @Mitchell_Young If Mr. Young had stopped at the stats, there would have been no reply - but he had to add the "overrepresented" stuff. 

I remember doing a bunch of stuff with the bell curve all the way up to my advanced engineering mathematics class at CSULB. Mathematical side note: You would be amazed at the connection between the reproduction rate of organisms and the resonant frequency of a vibrating bridge.   

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@Who_Cares @Mitchell_Young @TylerDurden She wrote a letter to the campus newspaper in which she claimed to be a minority, and said newspaper confirmed her story -- but kept her identity, and actual ethnicity, secret.

As to your questions, I don't really grok it either. But it happens -- people like to play the victim.  In the mid-00s an instructor at the Claremont colleges claimed that she had converted to Judaism, and then suddenly her car was being vandalized with swastikas. Turns out she did it herself

http://articles.latimes.com/2004/mar/18/local/me-claremont18

There are a bunch of others -- so many, in fact, that 'Inside Higher Ed' , the trade journal for Unis, colleges, etc, ran a story on them. They listed a few cases, but there are plenty more.

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/07/31/hate-crime-hoaxes-present-burdens-lessons-college-campuses


Who_Cares
Who_Cares

@Mitchell_Young @Who_Cares @TylerDurden So if it's anonymous, how was it determined to be a minority student? AGAIN, what do they have to gain of this random incident? Furthermore, the incident that you mention doesn't mean that you can simply write this off as no big deal. Discrimination or anything of that nature shouldn't be tolerated. Given the situation, that's like telling a student of UCI to go back to China... (considering the high population of Chinese students).

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@Who_Cares @Mitchell_Young @TylerDurden Attention. Sympathy, I guess.

The pattern is there. In 2010 (also in Spring), there was a kerfuffle at UCSD when some frat guys held (or planned to hold) something called a 'Compton Cookout'. The actual event is really murky -- some black guy from Compton supposedly organizes these things. 

At any rate, the campus went into a fury. Fine and dandy. But then someone found a supposed  noose in the library--a bit of an escalation, right? 

Well, turns out the noose was planted by a (still anonymous) 'minority' female student, trying to gain more sympathy for the black students union.

Who_Cares
Who_Cares

@Mitchell_Young @Logic @Shattered Well no shit, it was called a race riot for a reason and guess what it stemmed from? Guess what, someone rescued the gentlemen from being beaten and guess what his skin color was..?

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