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Early November a former college freshman was charged with a hate crime after allegedly tormented her Black roommate, whom she called Jamaican Barbie.
According to the Huffington Post , Hartford police arrested Brianna Rae Brochu after they say she admitted to committing a series of vile acts against Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe in order to get Rowe to move out of the dorm they shared at the University of Hartford.
Police said Brochu confessed to licking Rowe’s dining utensils and smearing menstrual blood on her backpack, according to the Hartford Courant. However, she did not admit to any of the other heinous acts she posted about on social media, telling police that anything else she described was merely an attempt to “appear funny.”
On Instagram, where her account has since been made private, Brochu had boasted about putting moldy clam dip in Rowe’s lotions, spitting in her coconut oil and sticking Rowe’s toothbrush “where the sun doesn’t shine.”
"I can finally say goodbye to Jamaican Barbie"— tsunami taj (@EverythingTaj) October 31, 2017
This is a crime. she could have killed her. #JUSTICEFORJAZZY pic.twitter.com/c3cKsgKhqp
This story was made news due to social media the hyper visibility it brought to the incident. There are many people of color that have lived with white roommates and have been terrorized with micro and macro aggressions in the place they should be able to call home. At many universities the request for non-white roommates are on the rise. Many feel its with just cause, but many universities don't oblige, and think it's racist.
According to the Independent, Kare Urena, a rising junior at Pitzer College, posted the housing advertisement on her personal Facebook page, saying she and two others were looking for a roommate. "POC only," the post reportedly said, referring to people of color. "I don't want to live with any white folks," Urena reportedly added.
The Independent included Facebook comments from other students who were taken aback by the seemingly racist nature of the post. Other students commented that they understood and respected the desire to create a safe space in one's home, free from racial divides.
Safe places to live, in college and beyond is important and very necessary. A few women shared their experience with horrible white roommates with us.
Trigger warning for some white fuck shit:
Story told by Victoria Mills
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We received many stories, of unsanitary conditions, verbal abuse and white roommates insisting it was the person of colors job to be their teacher of their race an culture. Coming home continuously to those behaviors, after already experiencing the the many isms in the world can be heavy on your mental health. The call for non-white roommates at universities is necessary.