An illegal immigrant student at UC Berkeley took to Twitter Thursday calling for violence against white people just two days after receiving an award from the federal government-funded school.
Juan Prieto, an English student, tweeted, “Let’s celebrate 5 de Mayo by going to Dolores Park and beating the shit out of white people, in the spirit of La Batalla de Pueblo.”
He made the racist remark just two days after being awarded with Berkeley’s Robert J. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Recognition Award for Service to Undocumented Students.
The Daily Caller reports:
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Prieto to ask about his tweet publicly encouraging race-based acts of violence. He was dismissive and insisted TheDCNF was just trying to get him bullied.
“It’s Twitter,” said Prieto to The DCNF. “I post dumb shit on Twitter all the time. Aha. But I see how this fits into your agenda, and no matter what I say, you’ll write your article so that I continuously get threats for the next two weeks until white supremacist [sic] have another person of color to attempt to silence via virtual bullying.”
Prieto is part of the university’s Undocumented Student Program, which offers legal support, academic help and financial aid information to illegal immigrant students.
During his award acceptance speech, he said, “I need you to break laws with us. Break the legal bounds, untie your hands because tied hands are not going to get us anywhere.”
Prieto has also publicly expressed his admiration to the Black Lives Matter movement, explaining that it “strives to liberate us” from “white supremacy.”