Chennel ‘Jazzy’ Rowe: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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Chennel ‘Jazzy’ Rowe: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

An 18-year-old college freshman is now facing a hate crime charge for harassing and intimidating her former roommate, prosecutors say.

Brianna Brochu, of Harwinton, Connecticut, admitted to authorities that she repeatedly licked many of former roommate Chenell “Jazzy” Rowe’s personal items and smeared tampon blood on her backpack, court documents obtained by Heavy said.

Brochu is white and Rowe is black and the case gained national attention October 31 after a video was published online by Rowe, documenting her allegations of mistreatment by Brochu. The video came after Brochu wrote in several now-deleted Instagram posts how she unknowingly harassed Rowe. Her put pressure on authorities to file harsher charges against Brochu and led to her leaving the University of Hartford.

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West Hartford Police/FacebookBrianna Brochu, left, was arrested after her roommate, Jazzy Rowe, said she poisoned her.


Brochu has since been charged with breach of peace of the second degree and criminal mischief of the third degree, both misdemeanors. She faced Judge Tammy Geathers on November 1 in community court, but case was moved to Hartford Superior Court, where more serious cases are typically heard. She’s currently free on $1,000 bail and is banned from the University of Hartford campus. She was ordered by the court to have no contact with Rowe.

In addition to the misdemeanor charges, West Hartford Police said in a press release they are trying for an additional charge of second-degree intimidation based on bigotry or bias, a felony that carries a sentence between 1 and 5 years in prison.

According to her Facebook profile, Rowe is a freshman at the University of Hartford in Connecticut and attended high school in Springfield Gardens, New York.

Here’s what you need to know about Rowe:


1. Rowe Broadcast Her Allegations on Facebook Live

In a lengthy Facebook Live video which has now been viewed over 500,000 times since it was posted October 30, documented her experiences living with Brochu. Watch Rowe’s video above.

“This is beyond ridiculous,” Rowe says at the start of the video.

Rowe says that she move to Connecticut and the University of Hartford campus on August 27 and was assigned a random roommate (Brochu). In the months that followed, Rowe said Brochu would be “disrespectful,” citing things like her turning off the light before leaving the room if she was working on something.

“While I’ve been here, I’ve been getting sick. Not knowing why, I’ve been getting sick. It started with throat pain. I thought maybe because it’s colder up here, I’m just probably catching a cold.”

Rowe said in the video that when she gets sick, it usually starts in her throat and other symptoms follow. However, the cold never came and the throat pain increased, with it happening for about one month.

“Three-and-a-half weeks in, it got to the point where I had extreme throat pain and I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t speak,” she said, adding she went to the on-campus health clinic, where three tests were performed and she was prescribed antibiotics.

The tests came back negative, and Rowe said it was still unknown what was wrong with her. After a couple of days, Rowe said she decided to move out of her room, adding that she tried to be respectful to Brochu despite the resentment that was felt.

“She lives in Connecticut and she would go home every weekend,” Rowe said. “I would always feed her fish. I don’t understand why, which is why I think it’s a whole racial/hate issue.”

Chentell “Jazzy” Rowe


Two weeks ago, Rowe moved out and was going through the process of finding a new roommate. While she was doing that, she said she was made aware of several Instagram posts on Brochu’s account. Rowe said she didn’t follow her on Instagram and an RA in the dorm notified her of the disturbing posts.

On Brochu’s Instagram, there was a post of Rowe eating with a caption: “If only she knew where her utensils been.”

“It’s the fact that I didn’t know all of this was happening and it’s the fact that she’s been posting it on her Instagram,” Rowe said in her video. “And I didn’t know anything about it until my neighbor’s friend (told me). If only I knew. I just want to know the ‘so much more.’ I want to know all the posts.”


2. Rowe Was Critical of School Staff & Its Way of Handling the Incidents

FacebookChentell “Jazzy” Rowe

After discovering the social media posts, Rowe said she went directly to the staff at her residence hall. But her complaints were met with refusal to move forward, she said. School staff reportedly told her that she couldn’t talk about what happened or she’d face being kicked off the residential side of campus. That infuriated Rowe, she said.

“How’s the situation over? The situation just started,” Rowe said in the video. “I can’t get anything done to progress the whole situation, because you have to wait for public safety to finish the investigation in order for this to go up so things can actually start happening.”

Rowe said that she was informed by public safety officers that she “might not hear anything at all” regarding the case, despite her having to travel back home to New York to go to doctor appointments.

“I’m missing classes because I have to go back and forth,” she said in the video. “Meanwhile, nothing is happening, nothing is happening.”

Rowe was critical of staff at the school and their way of handling the incidents in a later social media post.

Colleges are known to just sweep issues that happen within the campus under the rug, making the issue disappear and not doing anything about it. Now this isn’t right at all and this is where the public gets involved to push for things to be done right. I’m not holding my tongue any longer about my situation because this is just ridiculous to hear nothing back from my school about this situation. As a African American woman I have to fight for myself and others to not become some statistic.

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University of Hartford President Greg Woodward wrote a letter to the student body November 1, acknowledging the incident and saying that he was “confident the university has taken all steps to pursue this matter seriously, and will continue to do so.”

Read his full letter below:

Dear University of Hartford Community,

I am writing to you this evening to send a strong message regarding an incident that is deeply upsetting to me, our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. One of our students was the alleged victim of bullying and her story was shared across social media. Let me be clear: the accused student’s behavior was reprehensible and does not reflect the values of our institution. Let me also be clear that I am confident the University has taken all steps to pursue this matter seriously, and will continue to do so.

Upon learning of the incident, Public Safety immediately ensured that the victim was relocated to a safe location, notified local authorities, and provided support for their investigation. The accused student was subsequently arrested by the West Hartford Police Department and her case will proceed through the legal process. The University will continue to precisely execute our defined process outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.

The University strictly and swiftly followed all procedural and legal processes related to this alleged event; claims to the contrary are based on misinformation. The incident has brought about accusations of racism, and I want you to know that I hear and share your anger and frustration. Acts of racism, bias, bullying, or other abusive behaviors will not be tolerated on this campus. I pledge to do everything in my power to work with our community to address related concerns together.

Throughout the day, I and members of my administration have been meeting with students, including representatives from the Student Government Association, multicultural organizations, and concerned students. I have also met with the affected student and we are in communication with her family. We will continue to offer support and assistance to her, as well as any other student that feels threatened, victimized, or uncomfortable on our campus. Let me repeat; racism and hatred will not be tolerated on this campus. Period. I encourage every one of you reading this email to report incidents on campus that are troubling and worthy of review.

I will proactively schedule and communicate additional community conversations in the coming days. I am willing and prepared to openly discuss concerns and will transparently share any additional information about University resources and processes that will make our community stronger. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our University and I am confident we provide a secure environment for our students in which to learn and thrive. Our community is not exempt from issues facing our society and world. We must strive every day to practice understanding, tolerance, inclusion, and grace. I know that you will join me in this critical mission.

Thank you,
Greg Woodward
President

In her Facebook video, Rowe cited her race as likely being a motivating factor, saying that she was curious what would happen if the roles were reversed.

“And the fact I’m black and my old roommate is white, if the roles was switched, I want to know if it would be handled the same way?” Rowe said in the video. “I feel like me as a black person and her being a white person, if I’m the woman who committed all these crimes, this would’ve been completely different. … There were so many crimes committed, that she openly posted. … I would’ve been locked up already, they would have had no hesitation, cuffed me and taken me away. I’m just so aggravated.”


3. Court Documents State the Harassment Started Less Than 2 Weeks After They Moved in Together

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According to a criminal complaint, Rowe told authorities that the harassment appeared to start less than two weeks after they moved in with each other. She pointed out a September 8 Instagram post by Brochu, which was a picture of the thermostat set at 76 degrees. The caption on the post said: “Goodmorning from the sweat lodge. Lol when your roommate try’s to cook you on the daily :) room was so hot last night our f***ing windows fogged up. #canadiansweatlodge #sauna #swampass”

Read the full complaint, obtained by Heavy, below:

Another post that Rowe pointed out to authorities was on October 17. It came with a caption saying: “Finally did it yo girl got rid of her roommate1! After 1 1/2 month of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons on her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn’t shine and so much more I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie.”

That post came on the same day that Rowe said she moved out. She told FOX 61 News that she was in the process of moving into her new room when she bumped into Brochu.

“She asked me if I was moving out and I simply said ‘yup’ and she made a face and said ‘okay’ and then I saw her pick up her phone and automatically start texting,” she told the news outlet.

The October 17 post was accompanied by three photos. The first was of a purse that belonged to Rowe with a reddish-brown substance stain, a plastic food container with a “milky white substance,” and “some type of weave hair piece.”

Brochu told authorities that the stain in the first photo was “period blood.” The substance in the food container was “moldy clam dip” that she mixed with Rowe’s facial lotion, she told authorities, and the third was with a caption: “This b***h legit bought a box of f***ing hair.”

Brochu told authorities that she started to lash out at Rowe because of the “hostile environment” she claims was created by her “rude behavior.”

Brochu accused Rowe of “not compromising and posting SnapChat videos of (her) sleeping and making fun of (her) snoring.” She said that she requested a roommate change October 11, but it was denied.

Court documents indicated that Brochu admitted to police that she did lick Rowe’s personal items, smear tampon blood on her backpack and mix things with her lotions, but denied doing anything else, saying that other posts to social media were an attempt “to appear funny.”


4. Rowe Has a YouTube Channel Where She Reviewed Hair Products

Chentell “Jazzy” Rowe

Rowe graduated from Springfield Gardens High School in New York this past spring, about 120 miles south of the University of Hartford.

“Taking my first steps into my new life,” she wrote in a caption of her graduation photos on June 28.

Rowe also has a YouTube channel with 20 subscribers. In the first video posted, she welcomed viewers to her account.

“Join me on my YouTube journey,” the description of the video says. “Young NYC girl with a lot in store for you guys. Whether it’s a hair tutorial, makeup tutorial, pranks, vlogs, etc. I GOT YALL!!!”

“I’m starting my YouTube channel completely over,” she says in the video. “Now, I’m going to be completely serious about everything. Hair tutorials, makeup, whatever you want, I’ll do. JahsBarbie is better than ever. Improved and dedicated to you guys 100 percent. Stay tuned for all of my upcoming videos on my channel.”

Rowe posted two subsequent videos on her channel, which are reviews of hair products. She has another YouTube channel where the last video posted was over three years ago. Many of the videos are her singing cover songs.


5. Rowe Says She’s Been Very Busy Since Documenting Her Experience

FacebookChentell “Jazzy” Rowe

Ever since she’s come forward with the allegations against Brochu and police charges have been filed, Rowe said she’s been very busy “sharing (her) story and letting this issue be globally known.” She said she’s heard from “people all over the world” on social media in less than 24 hours.

“It’s time we fight back and stop being silenced!” she wrote in a post.

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Many of her friends on social media and strangers from across the world have been sending messages of support to Rowe. The hashtag #JusticeForJazzy has been trending worldwide on Twitter and other social media forms.

“Jazzy words can’t even begin to explain how disgusted and honestly just pist I am over this,” one Instagram user wrote. “ThisBS has got to stop yesterday. As an alum of the university of Hartford ,former member of bsu and casa , and black female me and the rest of my fellow alum got your back! We are going to light this up and make NOISE! This will NOT be passed over! This is beyond! You let us all know what you need aside from our own efforts and we’ve got you! Stay strong ! Keep fighting , you are not alone we’ve ALL got your back! #justiceforjazzy”


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Brian Hall

+John C Adams
“They” should have handled this like adults. Rowe did handle this like an adult. A person with lesser self control would’ve beat the shit out of that bitches ass. Rowe went to the authorities. With regards to the “black girl not being totally blameless”…sometimes all you need to be is BLACK (or any race for that matter) for a racist to attack. Lastly, “It sounds as if neither belongs in an institute for higher learning”…NO, it sounds like Rowe belongs in an institute for higher learning and Brochu belongs in a State Penitentiary. I rarely leave comments on news websites, but your comment was so silly I was compelled to.

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Robert

Unbelievable story. Shocking that someone could be so callous. Ms Rowe looks like a wonderful, young and articulate woman. I applaud her for speaking up and refusing to be a victim. Cheering for her.

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Anonymous

It’s a hate crime. Why isn’t her bail 500,000k not $1000???? I hope the jamaican community takes care of her

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Anonymous

Where does it say in the court documents that Brianna Brochu “repeatedly licked many of former roommate [Rowe’s] personal items”? I don’t not see evidence that asserts this incident occurred multiple instances. PLEASE CORRECT ARTICLE IF THIS INFORMATION WAS MISCONSTRUED.

Additionally Brochu did not “unknowingly harass Rowe” as stated in your article. Rather the statement reads she “took these actions out of spite because of their hostile living environment”. Nothing explicitly states that she was “unknowing” in her actions.

“Her put pressure on authorities to file harsher charges against Brochu and led to her leaving the University of Hartford.” Who Rowe? CORRECT GRAMMAR SHE!

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Some one who knows

Jesus F Christ, this isn’t about f’ing race, this is about 2 female dogs aka ***ches that just can’t get along.
Stop playing the f’ing race card all the goddam time.

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Anonymous

This article is full of typos. This story is too important to have been written with such glaring typos. You said Brian “unknowingly harassed Rowe”. Umm the heifer knew exactly what she was doing.

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karin

i get she is the victim here, but WHY the race baiting? there has been NO evidence yet by perp that this was done on the basis of race. Could be a mean girl, with a lack of self-control, jealous of a pretty girl who rubbed her the wrong way early on in their living situation. STOP with the assuming racism crap. It’s annoying and gas-lighting in itself.

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Anonymous

Her YouTube channel is “Jahsbarbie” pretty sure her comment was in referred to that …nice try though Velma

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Elle

Rowe referred to herself as Jamaican Barbie that was her handle she herself was using. Aren’t you aware of this fact?

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Ed T

John C Adams; I mean the black girl had to have done something wrong; Right?¿ I mean she is black.

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Justin

OMG! WTF? Why us it every time a black and white person don’t get along its racially motivated? “Jazzy” is looking for her 15 minutes. Did the roommate do something wrong? Yes. Did she do anything to indicate it was racial? Hell to the NO! Not every roommate gets along. Get over it.if they were both black or white no one would think twice about this. “Jazzy” get over it. You’re black. Sometimes things won’t go as you like, no because of your color, but because that’s what happens in life. Oh, and get a tissue and clean out your snot locker, maybe you’re still suck because you keep sniffling that stuff up your nose.

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Anonymous

Ummm Maybe referring to Jazzy as “The Jamaican Barbie Doll” hurts her case if she tries and claim it was not racially motivated. Pay attention and get a clue Justin.

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Anonymous

Except for if you look at her Instagram and YouTube name. It’s almost the same thing

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dominaelle

Would the admin have handled this differently were the tables turned? I don’t believe that. But Rowe can play the racism card which had she been white she wouldn’t get to do WE KNOW THAT. And now Rowe is even OBVIOUSLY hoping to opportunistically use this horrific situation to boost her social media and her hair piece biz?? LOLOLOL yeah I see you too Rowe. White girl is mentally ill. Rowe is an opportunist seeking to exploit the racism narrative to her advantage. Where’s the crowd fund LOL?? Certainly she’s gonna try to cash in on it next just you wait. If you’re not white you can claim racism if someone does something bad to you. Bottom line. Whether or not racism was actually a factor OR NOT. It doesn’t matter. It’s the way it is. Because some people WANT racism to be the reason SO DAMN BADLY.

God help THE ONE HUMAN RACE.

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Anonymous

Maybe if the psycho didn’t refer to her as “The Jamaican Barbie” it would be easier to dismiss racism as a motive.

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Justmy2cents

It always amazes me how White people hate when the “race card” is used when indeed racism is at play in this situation. You know, the “N” doesn’t have to be used in order for it to be racism. There are indeed ways to be racist in suttle ways. I think that the White girl was jealous of the Black girl’s beauty.

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Anonymous

Also, if she hadn’t posted a pic of her hair piece and said “this bitch legit brought a box of hair.” Also, this “playing the race card” bullshit needs to stop, they just hate being called out on their ignorance and stupidity. I believe this nasty little Brianna troll had a problem with Chennel being not only black, but pretty, and since she’s sick and twisted, this is how she “got even”.

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dominaelle

Racism? This is the best thing that ever happened to Rowe. She’s a social justice celebrity now LOL.

The two didn’t get along from day one. One is white one is black so it HAS to be racism and the white one has to be the only one who instigated this? Did Rowe post photos of the other woman asleep? Yes it’s sickening what the other woman did she should face consequences but why is it instantly racism? BECAUSE IT IS DAMN CONVENIENT.

This last week a 13 year old white autistic boy was robbed and beaten by four older black teens. Where is the outrage over racism?
This week a white family was beaten badly attacked by nine black teens, hospitalized where is the outrage over racism?
This last week a 13 year old white girl was attacked by a black adult male who outright stated he threw a substance in her eyes because she is a white b*tch where is the outrage over racism?
This last week a white woman walking her dog in the east village was assaulted in an unprovoked attack hit so hard where is the outrage over racism?
This last week yet another white woman was assaulted sucker punched by a black man in an unprovoked attack and while she lay their unconscious other black adults took photos laughing and doing nothing to help her where is the outrage over racism?

That’s just this week. Don’t even get me started talking about all the cases of black perps attacking robbing home invading targeting Asians. Go listen to the rap song ‘meet the flockers’ a 101 targeting Asians for home invasions.

There is no proof of racism here. Only proof the two didn’t get along and one was willing to do very sick things to the other things I’m betting she’d do to a white girl she didn’t like just as well.

if you’re gonna get upset over racism let’s get upset over every manifestation of it not just cherry pick. Let’s work to abolish racism rather than tolerating any form of it.

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Anonymous

Who’s “cherry picking”? Where do you see anyone saying that all those horrible things don’t matter? How do you know we aren’t outraged when things like what you’ve mentioned happen? I am a Latina, been called a lot of interesting things mainly by white people mostly this last year. However, that doesn’t lead me to hate all white people and wish them ill. ALL racism is hideous, right now we’re discussing THIS case, and it would be a lot easier to give her the benefit of the doubt if she didn’t call her Jamaican Barbie, and didn’t mock her for “legit bringing a box of hair”. Just because SHE did this doesn’t mean we’re speaking about ALL white people. At least I’m not.

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Guy

dominaelle, with your long diatribe full of “whataboutisms”, you sound like a Trump supporter. All of those things you allege that happened are terrible. It does not change the facts of this case.

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Chris L

@John C Adams “There has to be more”. Why? Why couldn’t it have been some crazy, racist white girl abusing and harassing her roommate because she was black?

Is it possible there is more to the story? Of course. But to automatically assume the black girl has some sort of blame in the situation (and the fact that you somehow deem her behavior as proof she doesn’t belong at an “institute for higher learning”) seems to speak more to YOUR personal feelings on race than anything else.

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dominaelle

To assume it is automatically racism is just as wrong. Why couldn’t it be just a crazy bitch who would have done the same damn thing to a white roommate she didn’t like? Because you and Rowe (especially Rowe) want it to be racism so bad!!! That’s why.

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snowshoecat

If Rowe would have done the same thing to a white girl, why’s she gotta call her “Jamaican Barbie?” White people seriously bending over backward to blame the victim on this one.

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Anonymous

Right??? I thought I was the only one who caught on to the fact that this crazy bitch referred to Jazzy as “The Jamaican Barbie Doll”. I take that to be an indication that there was racial motivation. If a Black person did that stuff to her roommate and then referred to her as “The Irish Barbie Doll” I’m sure the hate piece of the crime would be immediately apparent and the outcry deafening.

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Elle

Rowe uses Jamaican Barbie as her YouTube channel handle. It’s obvious you aren’t looking beyond the tip of your noses and you are HOPING it’s racism so bad it hurts

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Victor

Hey why is it that when white people do wicked things it’s because they’re “mentally ill” or sick and need help but when black people do it it’s because theyre bad pieces of shit and need to be jailed not “helped”? I’ll let you think about that one.

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Elle

The same defense of mental illness is used in cases involving black people you just don’t pay attention when it doesn’t suit your racist narratives

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Anonymous

When a white commits a crime against a black, it’s racism. When the far more common senerio, black commits a crime against a white, it’s not racism….why is that???

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dominaelle

Exactly. Like the long list of assaults murders rapes that happened this week that no one cares about. WHITE PEOPLE DESERVE IT don’t you know?!!!

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Victor

Oh poor white people. You’re complaining about black people complaining too much. And complaing that white people are being mistreated while accusing black people of complaining too much about being victims. Do you not see how strange that is?
Booo hoo hoo life is so hard for we whites. Get outta here

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Elle

Tell that shit to the 4 elderly whites murdered in a home invasion robbery this week. Or the white victims who were brutally attacked by blacks this week, or the white rape victims targeted by blacks this week so many cases of violence rape and murder. I actively and aggressively look for cases of whites attacking blacks. For every single case of white on black violence I find dozens upon dozens upon dozens of black on white violent crime. YOU get outta here with your enabling and complicit condoning of such hate and violence. People like you are worse than the so called Nazis

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Anonymous

I think it’s because many people think that only the race that “holds the power” so to speak, can be the racist one. Yes, black people are just as capable of killing white people as the other way around, however the fact remains that white people tend to run the country and hold the wealth. White is viewed as safe and black as other. When white people attack black people, it’s viewed as trying to keep a group of people down that they’ve maligned for centuries. A group of people that they’ve created their own mythologies for and are upset when black people live up to the myths. Due to that, when black people attack white people, it’s often not seen as supporting the belief that one race is better than another; it’s seen as avenging past injustices. As dominaelle remarks, it’s a bit of “white people deserve it”. I’m not saying that either race is correct, or that fighting is the answer, I’m just trying to offer an opinion on why you might not here the term “racism” applied evenly.

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n-o

John C Adams… no. No, you don’t get to do this now. Why does there “have to be more?” Is sneaking in old clam, rubbing tampon blood, staining toothbrushes and utensils not enough? What more do you want? Rowe DID try to handle it like an adult, AFTER Brochu decided to post all over social media. And when administrators told her to keep it to herself, and the police admitted not much would be done, then she did the RIGHT thing to bring it to light.

NOT TODAY SATAN.

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John C Adams

There has to be more to the story. But overall the white girl acted in a reprehensible fashion. It’s a fact that some people don’t mesh. They should have handled this like adults. The black girl I’m convinced is not totally blameless but still doesn’t condone actions of white roommate. It sounds as if neither belongs in an institute for higher learning.

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