White Student Calls Cambodian Roommate The N-Word, Threatens To File Restraining Order For Tweeting Conversation

October 10, 2016  |  

Last week, Temple University Junior Mal Sary tweeted several screenshots of a group message thread between her and her roommates, Carissa and Brittany. During the conversation, Carissa, a white student called Mal  a n—er several times.

When Mal asked her roommate not to call her a racial slur, Carissa justified her actions by claiming that, “Our society pretty much black people have normalized ni—a.”

Since Brittany wasn’t actively participating in the group message at the time, Mal decided to have a personal conversation with Carissa about her use of the n-word and how she relates to Black people. Mal then tweeted their conversation to Temple University’s Twitter account again.

After tweeting Carissa’s continual use of the word and harassment, Mal received a text message from Brittany stating that both she and Carissa filed a police report against her. Brittany furthered explained that if Mal doesn’t move they will file a restraining order against her.

Although Carissa and Brittany attempted to flip the script on Mal for exposing their incredulous behavior on the internet, social activists have praised Mal for schooling them both on the repercussions anyone can face when using racial slurs. In an interview with The Tab, Mal revealed that, “She [Carissa] thought this was a joke, that I had taken the time to tell her why she shouldn’t do something but did anyways because she thought there’d be no consequences. That’s the unfortunate realities of white privilege, as she was a white woman. She brazenly did not care. I can’t reiterate that enough, and she did not care until I tweeted the photos and black people began tweeting at her and asking her why she thought this was OK.”

Temple University has had a lackadaisical response to the incident but Mal tweeted that students and supporters should contact Temple’s Office Of Equal Opportunity to share how the situation has affected them personally.

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