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University of Texas Bleach Bombs Fuel Anti-Racist Demonstrations

UT students and community members joined forces Tuesday evening to protest “bleach bombing” incidents that many believe were racially motivated.

Reports of bleach-filled water balloons being thrown at minority students have raised alarm in the UT community. The incidents seem to have all taken place near UT’s West Campus apartments.

Some members of the UT community claim that the attacks were not exclusively targeting minority students, but others point out that the most recent victims had been mostly African-American, Hispanic and Asian students. Different student sources who have come forward to The Horn, however, gave widely varied accounts of the bleach bombings, leaving much unclear about the attacks.

Nevertheless, this didn’t stop the anti-racism demonstration that took place Tuesday evening following an afternoon press conference on the issue.

“This is not 1960,” Chas Moore, a former UT student and current community activist, declared. “We are not going to be afraid to walk anywhere. We are not going back in time.”

The bleach bombs mark the second recent incident on UT campus where minority students have felt targeted. The university’s Greek community has recently come under attack for throwing racially-themed parties that were seen as offensive.

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Annie Pei

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Annie is a Political Science major at the University of Chicago who not only writes for Her Campus, but is also one of Her Campus UChicago's Campus Correspondents. She also acts as Editor-In-Chief of Diskord, an online op-ed publication based on campus, and as an Arts and Culture Co-Editor for the university's new Undergraduate Political Review. When she's not busy researching, writing, and editing articles, Annie can be found pounding out jazz choreography in a dance room, furiously cheering on the Vancouver Canucks, or around town on the lookout for new places, people, and things. This year, Annie is back in DC interning with Voice of America once again!
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