Oxford student defends herself against racial abuse after posting a video online
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The comments came predominantly from the user 'Mickey Mouse', who calls Miss Varz a and threatens to 'lynch' her. These comments are from the student's discussion video titled, 'Is Oxford University Diverse? student perspective'. This video was published on the 11th January 2018, suggesting that the user is not a subscriber to Miss Varz and may have searched for other videos on the topic of race and diversity. This video was created with the intention of raising awareness of diversity in elite institutions such as Oxford University. In the description of the video, she highlights the sensitivity of the subject to her viewers through a written disclaimer. This troll is not the only one that the Oxford student has had to encounter. Another comment comes from user 'Northern Light' on the video of Kativhu reviewing the book 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'. Miss Varz is very positive and enthusiastic in her video; she raves about the books saying that she found it "very inspiring and empowering". However, in Northern Light's lengthy message they stated that "all people are more or less racist in the end."
So for wanting to help ethnic minority & disadvantaged students enter spaces like Oxford I get called a “DUMB BLACK NxGGER MONKEY” & get threatened to be “LYNCHED”? I don’t normally react to comments like this but today I’m upset & disappointed. Its 2018 & we rly still doin this? pic.twitter.com/Ncff8SoioA— M I S S V A R Z (@missvarz) 26 March 2018
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Labour MP David Lammy apologised that Miss Varz was "having to put up with this" and that he was "so grateful for you doing what you do".
I am DISGUSTED. @missvarz is such a radiant light of positivity on the platform of YouTube & it’s sickening that people use the anonymity of the Internet to spew such vile words. Do not be discouraged Vee; shine your beautiful light even brighter and keep inspiring x https://t.co/H1tpPEAhGK— Jade Bowler (@unjaded_jade) 27 March 2018
Featured image courtesy of Miss Varz Youtube
I am sorry you are having to put up with this and I am so grateful for you doing what you do. You have all my love, support and solidarity. Thank you for all you are doing to open up Oxford University to under-represented groups. You are more than they will ever be https://t.co/YRjJ9vcgRA— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) 26 March 2018