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Two Disciplined For Bullying White Students Out Of University Multicultural Space

Tempe, AZ – There is a battle raging on the Arizona State University (ASU) – Tempe campus after the school penalized two black students who chased two white students out of the university’s new multicultural center.

The controversy began in Sept. 23, 2020 when Mastaani Qureshi and Sarra Tekola approached two white students who were sitting at an otherwise unoccupied table in a visibly uncrowded study space and told them they were making it unsafe, the Daily Mail reported.

Qureshi and Tekola told the white students that they were in a “BIPOC” space and that they were making it uncomfortable because one of them had a “Police Lives Matter” sticker on his laptop and they were both drinking beverages in Chik-fil-A cups.

The interaction was filmed by both sides and spread like wildfire on social media.

“This is the violence that ASU does and this is the type of people that they protect,” one of the women said in the video. “Okay, this white man thinks he can take up our space. And this is why we need a multicultural space, because they think they can get away with this s—t.”

The women proceeded to gang up on the male students and asked them to leave the multicultural center, the video showed.

One of the women yelled at the men that they could go anywhere else on the campus and their desire to study at that location was “peak white cis male bulls-t.”

“You are racist. Your sticker is racist. Because police, that’s a job. You can chose to be a police. I don’t choose to be black,” one of the women yelled at the male students.

“You can choose to be a cop. You can choose to kill people with a badge. And you’re protecting that s-t. Which means that you’re racist,” she declared.

The male student she was focused on looked visibly cowed at that point and started gathering his belongings to leave.

“I’m sorry. I wasn’t trying to offend you guys or anything,” he told the angry women.

“I know, I know,” one of the women replied. “But this offends us automatically because these people kill people like me, right? And like us, so you’re promoting our murders.”

The women continued taunting the man as he packed up his belongings.

“I was just studying. I pay the same f-king tuition as you,” the student said.

Then he told his friend to pack up his stuff so they could go to the dean’s office and report what had happened, the video showed.

The black women mocked the men as they left and called them “Karens” as the video continued.

“The big black people scared us out,” one of the women said in a mocking tone in the video.

“No, you bullied us out,” one of the men replied.

After the two white students left the room, the black women went on a rant in the video where they explained that the multicultural center wasn’t for white students, too.

“We had to protect this space because ASU wasn’t,” one of the women said.

They also gave some enlightening definitions in their video.

“Multiculturalism doesn’t mean we all come together and hold hands… and s-t like that,” one of the women said.

The women bragged in the video about how they thought the white boys would get schooled when they made their complaint to the dean.

But they were very wrong.

The university brought both Qureshi and Tekola up on charges that they had violated the school’s code of conduct with their behavior towards the white students, The State Press reported.

A third woman was charged but she was ultimately cleared of everything.

But an ASU investigation found Tekola and Qureshi had violated a policy in the student code of conduct about “interfering with University activities,” The State Press reported.

The university ultimately gave both women a warning in November and ordered each of them to write a reflection on how they would handle something similar going forward and “facilitate a civil dialogue” about the purposes of a multicultural space by Dec. 15.

The letters from the university to the women said the problem wasn’t with the fact they disagreed with the Police Lives Matter stickers and other items the students had, it was their delivery and inability to have a civil conversation about it, The State Press reported.

“Neither your expression of disagreement with that sticker’s message, nor that student’s choice to affix the sticker to his computer, were considered as possible violations of the Student Code of Conduct,” the letters read.

“However, the university expects that such dialogues will be both respectful toward other parties and mindful of the setting in which they occur,” the letters continued. “In this instance, the confrontation captured on video was not respectful dialogue, and its heated nature in an enclosed space where numerous other students were studying caused disruption to their activities as well as to the previously quiet study activities of the students who you confronted.”

The women’s response to the request was to post a nine-minute video on social media to let the university administrators know exactly what they thought of their handling of things, FOX News reported.

“Dear White People, A.K.A. ASU — You openly discriminated against us on November 16 when you handed down your decision from your racially biased investigation,” Qureshi and Tekola said in the video posted to Instagram. “We’re being persecuted for defending our multicultural center from racism and sexism… ASU is a violent place.”

The women went on to accuse the university of racism in their video.

“ASU refuses to protect students of color, and the world needs to know how they treat us here on this campus when we push to make it a better place for all,” Tekola said in the video.

Tekola said that telling “students of color” to behave more civilly when they encounter “white supremacy and neo-Nazism” is “actually violent,” FOX News reported.

The women also claimed to have received countless “rape, death and lynching threats” since the video of them bullying the white students went public.

Tekola and Qureshi both claimed they were suffering from “emotional and psychological violence” as a result, according to FOX News.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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