The APIC spares nothing, stating flatly that it believes racial profiling led to a biased outcome in the Conduct Board’s decision to first expel Barber, later suspend him until July 2017, and then deny his appeal.
“The Asian American and Pacific Islander communities of Washington State, and all fair minded observers of this process remain deeply concerned, and will not let this matter rest until justice is done,” the statement concludes.
The APIC is a 20-year-old association that advocates for civil rights, education and health care for the state’s 600,000 residents of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. Barber is from American Samoa.
Here is the full statement from the APIC:
“We are saddened and outraged that Robert Barber was not given a fair hearing and that justice has not been served by the deficient processes conducted by WSU’s Conduct and Appeal Boards. We believe that racial profiling and stereotyping have led to biased treatment of Pacific Islander student athletes, and that the actions of the WSU Conduct and Appeal Boards with respect to Robert Barber are neither fair nor just. If President Schulz allows these decisions to stand without intervening to ensure just treatment, he is abdicating his leadership and allowing further damage to the reputation, education, and future earnings of a WSU student athlete one class away from graduation. We do not ask for preferential treatment for Robert Barber and other Pacific Islander students, but we do demand fair treatment for Robert and all WSU students. The Asian American and Pacific Islander communities of Washington State, and all fair minded observers of this process remain deeply concerned, and will not let this matter rest until justice is done."
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