A Black student at the University of Arizona was accosted by two White students who used racial slurs. When the African American student told the two White students to stop the verbal abuse, he was attacked. The Black student was punched in the head and kicked while he lay on the ground.
According to the university’s Black Student Union, the two White students were identified and initially were referred to as a social justice ‘diversion’ training program, a voluntary educational program that “interrupts the criminal process for misdemeanor citations issued at the Tucson campus.”
After Black students conducted a campus protest, the two White students were arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault.
The University of Arizona enrolls about 34,000 undergraduate students. African Americans make up 4 percent of the undergraduate student body at the university.