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'We hate blacks' fresher filmed racist chants outside her room in student accommodation


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On Monday, Nottingham Trent student Rufaro Chisango filmed racist chants outside her bedroom door and posted the video online. 

In the video, voices can be heard singing "fuck the blacks," "we hate the blacks" and "blacks and whites were never meant to be together" before going on to mock Martin Luther King's I have a dream speech.

Chisango wrote that the video did not catch everything that was shouted, including a reference to slavery "blacks would go back to picking cotton."

"I’m the only black person on my floor," she wrote. "They were chanting this outside my door so don’t be surprised to why I didn’t leave my room."

The incident was reported to reception on Tuesday but no contact was made by Trent until last night when the post went viral. 

Chisango has received support from David Lammy MP who urged her to contact her MP and include him in the email.

NUS President Shakira Martin also reached out, telling Chisango that her team would investigate the incident.

In a statement, Nottingham Trent University said the "suspected perpetrators" had been suspended pending further inquiries. The university is investigating the incident as a matter of urgency.

Trent also confirmed that the police have now launched a criminal investigation into the matter, two arrests were made today.

This morning, the students' union said they were "shocked and disturbed" by the racist incident. They also criticised the "behaviour and the response of the housing provider" as being "absolutely unacceptable."

Image courtesy of Rufaro Chisango

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