This will be my last Alexandra Wallace post, I promise.
On Friday Wallace’s family released a second statement to the Daily Bruin in which she apologized again for her anti-Asian video, and announced that she’s withdrawing from UCLA because of concern for her safety. Earlier that day, UCLA announced that Wallace would not be subject to campus judicial sanctions because of the video.
Here’s the text of Wallace’s second apology:
In an attempt to produce a humorous YouTube video, I have offended the UCLA community and the entire Asian culture. I am truly sorry for the hurtful words I said and the pain it caused to anyone who watched the video. Especially in the wake of the ongoing disaster in Japan, I would do anything to take back my insensitive words. I could write apology letters all day and night, but I know they wouldn’t erase the video from your memory, nor would they act to reverse my inappropriate action.
I made a mistake. My mistake, however, has lead to the harassment of my family, the publishing of my personal information, death threats, and being ostracized from an entire community. Accordingly, for personal safety reasons, I have chosen to no longer attend classes at UCLA.
This seems like an appropriate time to revisit some advice I offered in the wake of the Tyler Clementi incident last fall: Don’t be a jackass. It could ruin your life.