A heated exchange was caught on camera last week when a student who stole a “Make America Great Again” hat demanded that University of California, Riverside employees punish the victim.
The educational watchdog Campus Reform released video on Thursday of student Matthew Vitale pleading with school officials to obtain his property from an unidentified female thief.
The woman boasts about her actions while declaring, “Your f-ing freedom of speech is genocide, homeboy.”
“Y’all are just gonna mediate this and make it so like, ‘Oh, we’re all OK here. Freedom of speech.’ Whatever. How about we actually think about what’s going on?” the thief says to school officials while holding Mr. Vitale’s hat. “I f-ing hate this country. I hate it, and I’m not leaving. I’m staying here because there’s s—that needs to be fixed here … We need to get rid of all y’all … You’re so lucky we’re in a university.”
The nearly ten-minute long video by Campus Reform shows one school official tell the thief that everyone is “neutral,” despite an admission that Mr. Vitale’s hat was stolen.
“Are you people not going to do anything? She is stealing my property,” Mr. Vitale says at one point.
“He’s recording me like I’m the criminal here! Oh, because ‘you stole’ this property. Y’all stole this land! Your ancestors stole this land, motherf—er,” the thief adds.
The video ends with campus security arriving just as the perpetrator tries to walk out the door.
“Really, y’all?” the woman asks.
“Good,” Mr. Vitale responds at the arrival of cops. “That’s how this country works [if you steal property].”
UC Riverside officials did not respond to Campus Reform’s request for comment by the time of publication.
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