1 Arrested in Anti-Asian Assault at Indiana University

A sketch of a suspect released by police yesterday.

One youth — Terry Lee Campbell, Jr, 18 — has been arrested in the Sunday morning hate crime assault and robbery of a group of Asian American students at Indiana University. From the news article, it sounds like Campbell was also a student at IU.

An arrest was made Monday in the robbery battery case that took place at 4:06 a.m. Sunday, where allegedly a group of African-Americans used racial slurs, and attacked and robbed a group of Asian students.

IU police executed a search warrant at 4 p.m. Monday on the residence of suspect Terry Lee Campbell, Jr., 18, in Forest Quad, according to an IU Police Department press release.

Campbell was not at his residence. At 9:58 p.m. officers received a tip that Campbell was at Read Center and arrested him without incident for the initial charges of robbery and battery with serious bodily injury.

The investigation will continue with additional arrests anticipated.

The rest of the article documents how the U.S.-China club on campus is putting together some meetings to help mend the relationship between the African- and Asian-American communities at the school.

Zhao, who is Chinese, and Agwu, who is Nigerian, are members of the U.S.­­-China Alliance. They are good friends: one happens to be African-American, the other Asian.
But they said they want to get different IU clubs together, sit down and create a promotional event to re-energize the campus in light of this event.

Members of the U.S.-China Alliance have organized an urgent callout meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Asian Culture Center, where Zhao and Agwu said hopefully some kinks will get worked out.

The callout meeting invites everyone to discuss the incident and what should be done in its wake.

The Asian-American Alliance will be there to talk about causes of violence against Asian-Americans.

With the work the U.S-China Alliance is doing, Zhao said he wants to take this issue to the entire campus.

The article is a little cliched in how it profiles Zhao and Agwu, opting to focus on a sappy Kumbayah narrative (“Look! Yellow and Black people can be friends!”) rather than to focus on the real inter-ethnic tension that is likely to arise from this incident as a result, and the challenges the campuses will face combatting those feelings.

But I’m glad to see that there is a rapid response happening on the campus.

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