Faramade Ifaturoti, a biomedical science student at the university, posted a picture of the racist incident on Twitter – according to her tweet, a flatmate had scrawled 'monkey' and 'n***a on the skin of her bananas.
She wrote: “Just entered the kitchen and look at what one of my flatmates has done. I am extremely disgusted.”
Her tweet sparked a trend in the UK - #WeStandWithFara was a top trending topic on Tuesday night.
It was also retweeted over 2,000 times.
Let's consider her tweet.
Tweets are often abbreviated and often lack pronouns.
“Just entered the kitchen and look at what one of my flatmates has done. I am extremely disgusted.”
We note that she began without the pronoun "I", which, by itself, may not be very alarming since it is a tweet and tweets are often made without pronouns.
However, as we continue, we note that the pronoun "I" does enter her statement, which makes her dropping of the pronoun "I" to be considered: "reduced commitment" of what happened.
Next we note where she began her statement as this speaks to importance.
"Just entered the kitchen" has, literally, no one "just" (time) entering the kitchen, since it drops the pronoun.
It puts the location, "kitchen" before the incident.
This short opening is more consistent with story telling rather than reporting something that is frightening (hormonal increase).
We note that the full article quotes someone else as saying that the victim is seeking comfort and is very distressed at what happened. This is not consistent with the language she chose to use.
"Kitchen" comes before the finding, and it is without a pronoun. These are two indicators of weakness in her assertion.
Next, her priority shifts, not to the event, but to her audience, "look", is directed to those who will view her post.
Then, we have the flatmate given the possessive pronoun "my", which is not expected in something that is revolting or traumatizing (insulting, etc). This is to show closeness to whoever did this.
Continue to note: her disgust is "extreme", with only a photo to express why. Her disgust is considered "sensitive" at this point.
The school responded with a strong condemnation of racism with the additional wording to commit to an investigation under a specific condition:
"If" a formal complaint is made.
This cased the subject, "Fara", to further complain about the school's reaction.
The school condemned racism and offered support. This should cause the reader to ask,
"What else does Fara want or expect?"
There are enough sensitivity indicators to investigate Fara for either knowing who did this, (withholding this) or that she, herself, orchestrated this and wants more than just condemnation and investigation. The school responded to the Tweet because, it appears, no complaint was made to them. Instead, the subject took the issue to the public, which is reflected in the priority of her tweet.