Ohio State University’s Multicultural Center co-hosted a meeting to address an “anti-Asian” Twitter feed linked to Ohio State, the Ohio State Lantern reports.
Twitter user @OSU_Asian has been tweeting since at least January and has nearly 1,500 followers. The @OSU_Asian describes him/herself as “OSU’s Favorite Asian: I run to class” and gives a location of “The Ohio State University.” But it’s not like Twitter verifies these things.
- Boy in class today speak so much about new bar he try on weekend… Does he mean like the snickers or milky way? I must try new snack
- I find Chinco de mayo quite offensive, but I still drink and try to find woman. Wish luck for me.
- Silly American boy struggle with simply calculus problem. I giggle and get all points for exam.
The meeting addressed the @OSU_Asian account and another, similar account (@OSU_WhitePerson), that has about 400 followers. Sample @OSU_WhitepersonPerson tweets:
- Finals week = time to load up on adderall
- I can’t find my wallet, time to ask this black guy if he stole it.
The meeting about the Twitter accounts comes the same week that the university released a report in response to graffiti on and near campus containing swastikas, the “n-word” and the phrase “Long Live Zimmerman,” an apparent reference to the Trayvon Martin shooting.
The report’s recommendations to ensure Ohio State is “open and welcoming to all” include:
- Sending out “Public Safety Hate Crime Alerts;”
- Creating a Certificate for Diversity Competence to be noted on university transcripts; and
- Establishing and expanding efforts to recruit more students from “rural and urban high schools that have historically sent few students to Ohio State.”
Ohio State saw a similar reaction about five years ago, after some Ohio State students received racist, anti-black letters from someone in North Dakota. And, at about the same time, students at OSU’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster organized a Facebook group called “Oprah Winfrey is the Devil” and used language online “that was derogatory to blacks.”
The upshot from those incidents was the creation of a Bias Assessment and Response Team to “receive, monitor, refer, and, as necessary, coordinate university responses to hate and bias-related incidents that impact all or a significant portion of the university community.”