While this story reads like a parody of racist shit from the '60s, it was all too true for a 2013 San Jose State freshman, an African-American whose name is being withheld. The young guy, who has been described as such a mild-mannered type he originally tried to ignore the problem away, recently told the San Jose Mercury News, “I'm still in shock. I tried not to dwell on this. But my family is upset and I'm upset.”
Prosecutions—from the city, not just the school—are forthcoming for Logan Beaschler, 18, of Bakersfield; Joseph Bomgardner, 19, of Clovis; and Colin Warren, 18, of Woodacre, California.
From the Mercury News:
The students were not available for comment and it was unclear late Wednesday whether they had legal representation. They could face penalties ranging from probation to a year in jail if convicted, as well as university discipline.
University spokeswoman Pat Lopes Harris said the incident is still under investigation, and no decision has been made yet on whether the students will be sanctioned.
The young men acknowledged during police interviews that they incessantly harassed the then-17-year-old, according to the reports. But they downplayed the incidents as mere “pranks” and “jokes,” denying their actions were racist.
University police, however, recommended that District Attorney Jeff Rosen file the case as a hate crime.
And I thought swiping my Cheetos freshman year made my roommate an ass. I had it good.
[H/T: Huffington Post]