Yesha Callahan

Higher Learning The Sequel? Racial Tensions At UCLA Law Intensify After Black Student Receives Hate Mail

A UCLA black law student, who was recently involved in a video that expressed the lack of diversity at the university,  was the recipient of a hate letter this week.  Alexis Gardner, just one out of the 33 black law students at UCLA, received an anonymous note in her mailbox that stated, “Stop being a sensitive nigger.” In addition to the note, several posters created by various black student organizations have been ripped down.

UCLA Law Dean Rachel Moran issued the following statement in reference to the posters:

It has come to my attention that some individuals may be removing properly posted informational flyers from our bulletin boards.

I am writing to remind you that UCLA School of Law is dedicated to providing an engaging intellectual environment that is respectful and welcoming to all. All material posted on the bulletin boards in our hallways is there to inform our students and the greater community about the important events and activities taking place on this campus. The content of these displays should be respected at all times. Tampering with this material will not be tolerated.

As well as the anonymous letter:

It has come to my attention that a disgusting and hateful note was placed in the mailbox of one of our students at the Law School. I am appalled, deeply disappointed, and profoundly pained that a member of our community would be subjected to such an abusive and cruel act.

I want to make very clear that this behavior is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated at UCLA School of Law. A UCLA police investigation is underway, and any student found to have participated in harassment or abuse of any other individual in violation of the UCLA Student Code of Conduct will be subject to University disciplinary proceedings.

Norms of tolerance and civility define us as a community; the breach of those norms is an injury not just to one but to all. Please remember that the way you conduct yourself toward others will define you not just as a professional but as a human being.

I am currently working together with my administration to schedule a safe opportunity for all interested students to join with us in constructive and respectful dialogue on this crucial matter, and will be relaying details shortly. I am also exploring additional options to respond to this incident and to what has become a very charged and tense environment for many of our students. UCLA should be a place of learning, engagement, and professional and personal growth, not one of ugliness, disrespect and intolerance. I am deeply committed to improving and restoring an atmosphere of collegiality, tolerance and respect.

A spokeswoman for UCLA’s police department told Huffington Post that an investigation is under way, but because the anonymous letter has been handled by several different people it’s difficult to tell who it originated from. Seems like now is a great time for someone to pen a sequel to Higher Learning.

Racial Tensions At UCLA Law Intensify After Black Student Receives Hate Mail

  1. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    It’s funny that the article mentions “Higher Learning” because while reading the beginning of the article, I thought of that movie. This is like the fourth incident at this school and the administrators need to do something before everything blow over. Silly I for thinking stuff like this wouldn’t happen at a college in California.

  2. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    You’re in law school. Where do you get the time to write and mail hateful messages? The thirst is real.

  3. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    Unfortunately, the world is full of ignorant people just waiting for the opportunity to show how ignorant they really are. It doesn’t matter the profession or income level. Some people think that educated/monied = smart/sensible. Remember it was “rich/educated/smart men” that created the institutional racism that we have today!

  4. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    It is time for the black students at UCLA to do a sit-in at the next board meeting of the school and force a discussion of their grievances. Chain the doors if need be.

    Based on the lack of diversity at this state run institution & the racial division that plagues this campus, they should call for the removal of the Gene Block as Chancellor of UCLA & Rachel Moran as Dean of UCLA Law.

  5. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    Yes and this is exactly why I have decided not to attend UCLA Law even after receiving a full ride scholarship.

    • February 28, 2014 - Reply


      You should send a letter to the admission department explaining why you are declining their scholarship. That letter should also be CCed to UCLA Black student groups.

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