Black University of Kentucky student in viral video says she was ‘physically, verbally and racially assaulted’ at the University of California-Berkeley
Kathleen Sullivan, a student at the University of Kentucky, has spoken out about her experience as one of the first college graduates to receive such a hostile reaction from one of the country’s most elite universities.
In a video posted on Twitter, Sullivan explained that she was subjected to years of harassment from a hostile mob in her student dining hall, and said that she would be forced to leave campus.
Student: ‘This is not my fault’
“I hate that I’m so naive that I would even think this is a possibility, that this is not my fault and that I’m not going to be the reason people hate me,” Sullivan told NPR’s Morning Edition.
“I think I will be targeted, targeted, targeted and it’s going to be at my cost and it’s going to be at the cost of the University of Kentucky, so there’s going to be a reckoning. This is not just me,” she said.
“I hope that I don’t have to go to Berkeley. I hope that my parents and some of my family members will take me… but I don’t think I can go to Berkeley, so I hope that I’m able to do things that I want to do, so hopefully this can help people identify with me and just have an idea of what I’m going through as a Berkeley student.”
The video comes just a day after the hashtag #BerkeleyMob went viral as a reflection of the hatred and violence that has been directed at members of the campus community since Wednesday night, when footage emerged of counter-protestors hurling bottles and other objects at people as they returned to their dorm.
‘It’s about dignity’
Tiffany Smith, a student at the University of Oregon and a member of the Oregon Student Assembly, who is also a lesbian, told the student newspaper The Oregonian earlier in the day that the “Berkeley mob” were “really just a bunch of jerks.”
“If the people in the mob actually spoke to each other and got together, I could see that they might be better people and they’d understand the struggle and the need to be on the right side of history,”