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White Student Who Tried to Harm Black Roommate Faces Hate Crime Charge

Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe's University of Hartford roommate used her bodily fluids to contaminate her possessions.

The hashtag #JusticeForJazzy prompted national attention to the plight of Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe, 18, a Black University of Hartford student, whose white roommate rubbed used tampons on her backpack and poisoned her body lotion, among other hateful incidents.

Brianna Brochu, 18, was arrested by the West Hartford Police Department on Saturday and charged with second-degree breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief, both misdemeanors. Rowe posted a Facebook Live video on Monday detailing her ordeal. She said that a neighbor, along with two campus resident assistants, told her about Brochu's disturbing Instagram posts.

The video went viral and snippets began circulating on social media using the hashtag:

On Wednesday, police said Brochu would also be charged with intimidation based on bigotry or bias, which is considered a hate crime charge. The same day, the university announced that Brochu was expelled.

University president Gregory S. Woodward said in a statement Wednesday that University Public Safety was notified of Brochu's actions on Oct. 17, and the West Hartford police were called in. According to court documents obtained by Heavy, that was the day university authorities and Rowe were made aware of Brochu's Instagram posts.

Rowe said she felt ostracized by Brochu since the beginning of the school year and put in a room change request.

"On 10/17/17 she began moving her belongings out of the room she shared with Brochu and into her newly assigned room," according to the documents.

An Instagram post on Oct. 17 stated:

"Finally did it yo girl got rid of her roommate!! After 1 1/2 months 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."

Three photos followed the caption: One of Rowe's purse "stained with a reddish brown substance."

"Brochu later told me that was 'period blood,'" the court document states. "The second picture was a plastic food container with a milky white substance."

The caption read: "Like this moldy clam dip and I've been mixing it with her face lotion."

The third picture "appeared to be some type of weave hair piece and had the caption of, 'This b**ch legit bought a box of f**king hair.'"

In the #JusticeforJazzy thread, a social media user pointed out the irony of Brochu mocking Rowe hairstyle choices:

According to the Hartford Courant, Brochu told police she "began to lash out due to a 'hostile environment' caused by [the victim's] rude behavior, not compromising, and posting Snapchat videos of me sleeping and making fun of me snoring." She also said that on Oct. 11  she had requested a room change, but was unsuccessful.

The University of Hartford is a four-year private institution located in West Hartford, Conn. It has just over 5,000 undergraduate students, of which 56 percent are white, 16 percent are Black, 12 percent are Latino, 3 percent are Asian and less than one percent are Native American, according to College Scorecard.

Woodward said in a statement on Tuesday that "acts of racism, bias, bullying, or other abusive behaviors will not be tolerated on this campus."

"Clearly we've got work to do, as I said, but are we alone in this?" he told Fox 61 on Thursday. "Everyone's got this work to do, right? Hatred is kind of fashionable at the moment, which is really unfortunate.

"So, let's come out of this stronger on the other side. Let's put into place not just a lot of talk, but actual things, right? Classes, seminars."

On Thursday, Connecticut Gov. Daniel P. Malloy's spokesman, Chris Collibee, said in a written statement:

"Governor Malloy strongly condemns these alleged, heinous actions and shares concern for the young woman who was the victim of these heinous acts. There is no place for discrimination, hate crimes, or bullying in our society — much less in our places of education."

Brochu's case was transferred to Hartford Superior Court with a court date of Nov. 15.

White Man Pulls Gun on Black Teens in Miami on MLK Day

"I did pull out my gun, but I never pointed it at them," Mark Allen Bartlett said. Video footage shows otherwise.


Mark Allen Bartlett of Hollywood Beach, Fla., pulled a gun on several Black teens, repeatedly calling them the n-word, as they were taking part in a "Bikes Up Guns Down" event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Brickell.

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White Supremacists Attack Black DJ Over Music, FBI Investigates

They could be facing hate-crime charges.

Rec Room Bar and Grill, Lynnwood, Wash.

The FBI is helping local authorities investigate an attack on a Black DJ by several white supremacists at a tavern in Washington State over the weekend.

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Jewish Teen Violently Attacked in NYC, No Hate Crime Charges Filed

David Paltielov was attacked by dozens of teens allegedly screaming, "Kill the Jew!"

Hate was in full force when a pack of teens assaulted a 16-year-old Jewish teen while allegedly screaming, "Kill the Jew!"

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Racists Beat Down Oregon Man, Police Are Not Investigating as Hate Crime

Meanwhile, Parsham Rabiee, a Lyft driver, now can't work to save the life he took years to build.

Parsham Rabiee was attacked by two white Lyft passengers outside of Portland, Ore., who verbally and physically assaulted him, including repeated use of racial slurs and making fun of his music. But the Gresham police are claiming it wasn't a racially-biased attack.

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Non-Whites Make Up Half of Post-Millennial Generation: Study

Latinx post-Millennials represent the future of American voters. Democrats need to pay attention for 2020 and beyond.


A new Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data finds that the "post-Millennial" generation, which are those born after 1996, "is already the most racially and ethnically diverse generation, as a bare majority of 6-to 21-year-olds (52%) are non-Hispanic whites."

The only population of youth that has grown substantially since the age of the Baby Boomers in 1968 is Latinx. They were born in the U.S. and go to college before entering the workforce.

In the 2018 midterm elections, millions more Latinx voted than in 2014.

According to Pew, "Latinos made up an estimated 11 percent of all voters nationwide on Election Day, nearly matching their share of the U.S. eligible voter population."

Exit polls for the midterms this year said 67% of youth overall voted for a House Democratic candidate and just 32% for a House Republican candidate, according to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

Thirty-eight women of color — Black, Latinx, Native American — won seats of real power—including the youngest Congresswoman, Alexandria Oscario-Cortez, 29, a Latina.

However, Democrats lost Texas and Florida because they didn't pay attention to voter decline among Latinx (36.5 percent) across the country.

Pews' analysis on changing demographics correlates with author Steve Phillips' discussion in "Brown Is the New White," which explains that people of color and white progressive voters are America's new majority.

Democratic candidates of color and women (Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama) have outperformed previous candidates in statewide elections in Florida and Georgia over the last 20 years, Phillips wrote in a recent New York Times column. Abrams garnered more votes than any other Democrat in Georgia's history.

Phillips says Obama's playbook is what wins: mobilization over persuasion, along with inspiring people of all races to vote, and being strong in their positions on racism, Medicaid expansion, criminal justice reform and gun control.

"Yes, the strategy of mobilizing voters of color and progressive whites is limited by the demographic composition of particular states. But what Mr. Obama showed twice is that it works in enough places to win the White House. And that is exactly the next electoral challenge."

Phillips said, "These campaigns laid the groundwork for future Democratic success, because the thousands of volunteers, operatives and new voters will pay dividends for the 2020 Democratic nominee."

Reader Question: Do you think the 2020 candidates will tailor their approach to meet the demands of a diverse generation?

Racial Attack on Black Woman in NYC Being Investigated as Hate Crime

A white man stabbed Ann Marie Washington in a subway station and "started punching her in her face because she was Black," a witness said.

A 57-year-old Black woman is recovering from surgery to repair a collapsed lung because while exiting a subway in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was punched in the mouth and stabbed by a white man who called her a "Black b--ch" The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attack as a hate crime.

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