To: University of California, Irvine Administration, its affiliates, and the general public
My name is Dominic A. Dickinson and I am a currently a first year at the University of California, Irvine. On January 18, 2013 the offenders by the name of Joseph Baek and Tracie Martinez committed an act of violence in the form of Racial Harassment. The Words “Nigger/Nigga” where said around me multiple times. I have asked both of the offenders to stop using the n word at one point, however it has continued for a whole quarter. As a result of this, I had to move out of my freshmen dorm in middle earth and have been tossed around by the UCI administration more than 30 times. I believe that every person regardless of gender, race, national origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation or disability should feel safe and comfortable wherever they choose to live because we all should get the same opportunity to succeed without any acts of discrimination. I, Dominic Dickinson believe that the UC Irvine Student Housing be held accountable because these incidents happen every single year and they refer to these racial harassment incidents as “rare”. During winter quarter, several black freshman students had to move out of their dorms in both the Mesa and Middle Earth communities. Often times, freshman students have nowhere to go because their RA’s (Resident Advisors) have limited training. Resident Advisors are hired to carry out Chancellor Michael Drake Pillars of Excellence (academic excellence, research excellence, leadership excellence and character excellence). If racial harassment incidents are happening every year in the housing communities than it is the housing staffs responsibility to reslove these issues.The housing staff says that they are “investigating” these incidents; however they are swept under the rug. In conclusion, I Dominic Dickinson will continue to work with the Black Student Union at UC Irvine to help end Anti Blackness incidents on the UC Irvine Campus.
Dominic Dickinson (05/19/13)
“While there is Racism, We will not Rest.” (UC Irvine Black Student Union 12-13)