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Racial 'Bleach Bombing' at UT?

Posted: Oct 04, 2012

 The University of Texas at Austin will make race-related news Oct. 10 when the Supreme Court hears arguments about the constitutionality of its affirmative action policy. But this week, reports of possible hate crimes on campus have put the school's students of color in the spotlight in a way that's alarming regardless of one's views about the value of a diverse campus and whether race should be considered in admissions.

Tuesday evening, UT students marched in protest of what they say are racially motivated "bleach bomb" attacks, in which balloons full of bleach are hurled at black, Latino and Asian members of the college community.

"A bleach bomb fell and hit me, my roommate; well, almost hit us. It barely missed us," student Jaysen Runnels told KVUE News. "It's very frustrating to know that it's 2012 and that stuff like this still happens."

"It is people of color they are attacking in West Campus," Taylor Carr, a sophomore anthropology student, said at this week's demonstration. "Until we put pressure on the university to [protect] us, these events are going to keep happening." Read more here.

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