A University Student Tweeted A Video Of Her Racist Abuse And Here's What Happened
No one should have to experience this.
WARNING: this article contains upsetting and offensive language.
Rufaro Chisango, a student at Nottingham Trent University, was subjected to horrendous racist chants from outside her room last Monday night. She reported it, but nothing was done, so two days later she took to Twitter to post a video of it.
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The video just showed her bedroom door, but the audio revealed the racist abuse she was receiving from behind it. “We hate the blacks”, and “Ooh ah f**k the blacks, say ooh ah f**k the blacks” were among the chants.
Talking to the BBC about the incident, Rufaro described having just got home when she heard the shouting outside her door. “I was just shocked, like that was literally my initial response, I was just really shocked and I felt really isolated and uncomfortable. I just want the appropriate action to be taken. Obviously its racial abuse that shouldn’t be tolerated at all and it shouldn’t have such a long delay when I report something like this.”
The video trended on Twitter and now has more than three million views and more than 100k likes. Loads of people have been expressing their shock and outrage and sending Rufaro words of support, including grime star Lethal Bizzle.
The Vice-Chancellor of the uni took to Twitter too to assure everyone that there would be consequences of this kind of horrendous behaviour, and two men were arrested off the back of the video.
The whole thing has brought to light just how much racism goes under wraps and how rarely it is actually punished. Just like Rufaro has done, we should all be speaking up against racism and abuse and raising awareness about it whenever we can, because when a story like this gathers this much momentum it has a huge impact, and results in positive action.
If this is going to start a movement, it's a movement that's been a long time coming, and we're totally on board.
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