SAN JOSE (KCBS)— With race relations taking the spotlight at San Jose State University and this week’s passing of Nelson Mandela, a former judge says his life and legacy can be applied to the recent alleged hate crimes on campus.
Retired Judge LaDoris Cordell is leading an independent review of a recent incident on campus, where four white freshmen are accused of racially abusing an African-American dorm mate.
Cordell traveled to South Africa in 1988 for the country’s first human rights conference.
“I didn’t have the opportunity to meet Nelson Mandela because he was in prison. I did spend time with his lawyer who was a phenomenal man,” she said.