Law students have been accused of using extreme racist language and slurs in a WhatsApp group chat.
The group of Exeter University students – future lawyers, barristers and judges – allegedly made references to slavery and sending black people home, and called for a race war.
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They are said to have used the phrases ‘dirty Arabs’ and ‘if you aint English goes home’, and discussed a stabbing which the messages say should have gone further.
Group members also reportedly said the prestigious Bracton Law Society should be for white people only, and made rape jokes.
The messages were exposed by student Arsalan Motavali, who set up the group chat last year but was removed as admin as it was taken over by other students.
He has reported the matter to the university, the law society and the student union.
Mr Motavali said: ‘All of the screenshots need no explanation. Repeated racial slurs, a call for a race war and racially insulting peers would be enough to get individuals severely disciplined, fired and shunned in any other workplace – the Guild, University and BLS should act no differently.
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‘I refuse to stand by and let such people who speak in these terms go on to recruit at future law firms or be part of University culture, whilst cowering behind their phones and talking like this about people that are part of the society they represent.’
As the messages spread, Exeter University tweeted: ‘We unreservedly condemn any act of racism.
It added: ‘Incidents of this nature should not, and will not, be tolerated and we are committed to eradicating any form of discrimination or harassment, wherever it may appear.’
The Bracton Law Society said it ‘has taken the decision to remove those involved from committee… and indefinitely banned all those involved from the society’.