San Jose State Students Charged With Hate Crime Against Black Roommate [UPDATE: 3 SJSU Students Suspended By University]

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 03:23

San Jose State Students Charged With Hate Crime Against Black Roommate


Members of the Black Students Union at San Jose State University plan to rally Thursday on campus to demand answers over the reported tormenting of an African-American freshman that included putting a bike lock around his neck, hanging Nazi symbols around the apartment and writing the N-word on a dry eraser board in the suite that they shared.

Prosecutors on Wednesday filed misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges against three students accused of committing the racist acts against the victim in an on-campus housing complex.


Between Aug. 20 and Oct. 13, the three students lived with the then 17-year-old student, also a freshman, and four other white male students in an eight-person suite, West said.

The three white roommates allegedly called their black roommate "three-fifths" and "fraction" and put up a Confederate flag in the campus suite they shared, West said.

"Three-fifths" is a reference to the fraction the U.S. Census used to count black slaves in the South in the 18th and early 19th centuries for the purpose of representation in Congress.

In early September, the defendants allegedly placed a "U" shaped bike lock on his neck and refused to give him the key for five to 10 minutes before finally letting him out, West said.

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