This happens when you aren’t careful how you talk around the dining room table. 22-year-old Sophia Rosing didn’t just wake up one day as a racist. She might blame it on the alcohol, but getting drunk doesn’t make you racist though it may expose it.
At 4 am Sunday, November 6th, 2022, Sophia Rosing stumbled into the Boyd Hall dormitory on the campus of the University of Kentucky. Rosing was stopped by the student worker at the front desk, Kylah Spring, who, seeing Rosen struggling, asked, “are you okay?” The drunken Sophia Rosing responded to Kylah Spring, who is Black, by calling her “nigger” over 200 times with the word “bitch” sprinkled in liberally. Rosing bit Spring several times, along with another Black student attempting to assist her and the officer that arrested her.
“I am a desk clerk at Boyd Hall at the University of Kentucky, and it is part of my job to notify the on-call RA of any drunk students who look unwell. This girl was very drunk upon entry to the residence, so I asked if she was okay and continued to try and get her to sit down, also, she doesn’t seem to be a resident, so I tried to keep her from going in the elevator. My friend was also bit and swung at by this girl as well as a few others, including the OFFICER.” — Kylah Spring.
Rosing’s lawyer, Fred Peters, said she would withdraw from the university and enter “some kind of treatment program.”
“She’s going to withdraw from the university today or tomorrow. She’s a very, very embarrassed and humiliated young lady. I’ll be getting her into some kind of treatment program and sensitivity program to help her through this situation.” — Fred Peters.
If you were wondering, there are such things as treatment programs for racism, including the Center for Racism Healing, where they hope to undo a lifetime of conditioning in sixteen hours over eight evenings. I wish her well, but she will return to an environment where fitting in makes it acceptable to be racist and an asset.
Sophia was popular, and a paid “college influencer,” a role-model for College Fashionista, building a digital network of “like-minded peers,” according to the company’s website.
College Fashionista quickly dropped her as a college-influencer.
I’ll have to believe that if Sophia Rosing used the n-word over 200 times in a ten minute span, it probably wasn’t a new word to her. I also think she got it at home.
Rosing herself has put out a couple of statements that frankly don’t put her in a better light. She did blame the alcohol and the people that took the video.
“I understand a apology may not help but I am not a racist I was under the influence I lost everything literally & now have to fear for my life god forgives please understand.” — Sophia Rosing
“If you guys knew I was under the influence, why record me this was literally my senior year,”
Her parents had the grace to remain silent, but this happened on their watch. They are an example of what happens when you don’t proactively address racism in your home. At best, they allowed outside influences to shape their youngest daughter’s views; at worst, it is their values that Sophia so loudly exposed. Parents, don’t let your babies grow up to be racists; it just might come back to haunt you.
This post was previously published on Unpopular Opinions.
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