‘The most trouble [is] coming from where?’ ‘From black people… because they don’t want to work, they steal, they kill, they [do] drugs, everything comes from [black people] — the majority” – Boris Vaksman, June 3
St. John’s University, NY, fired the assistant fencing coach Wednesday, after video of his racist meltdown emerged online
Vaksman who was born in Ukraine goes on to say Abraham Lincoln ‘made a mistake’ by abolishing slavery
The footage came from a video conference call on June 3 in which Vaksman was supposed to be conducting a youth coaching session with a fencing club
Vaksman who previously worked for the US Fencing Association has been an assistant coach at the school for 14 years
St. John’s University has fired an assistant fencing coach after video emerged of him making racist comments about black people Boris Vaksman, a longtime assistant coach at the Queens school’s elite fencing team, also said that black people are responsible for most social ills in leaked audio from a Zoom call recorded on June 3, and posted anonymously to Instagram on Wednesday.
The ‘majority’ of black people kill, steal, or do drugs and President Abraham Lincoln ‘made a mistake’ by abolishing slavery, Vaksman said during a virtual coaching session was publicly leaked,
Boris Vaksman was fired by the Queens, New York college on Wednesday after video of his racist tirade surfaced on social media. It was first posted anonymously, and then later reposted by Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.
The footage came from a video conference call on June 3 in which Vaksman reportedly, was supposed to be conducting a youth coaching session..
‘Because the most trouble [is] coming from where?’ Vaksman asked in the video. ‘From black people… because they don’t want to work, they steal, they kill, they [do] drugs, everything comes from [black people] — the majority.’
The grinning Vaksman continued, adding that ‘Lincoln made a mistake’ by abolishing slavery.
St. John’s University confirmed that Vaksman was terminated on Wednesday.According to multiple current fencers who have studied under Vaksman, the coach made the comments during a youth coaching session with Fencer’s Club, an elite private fencing club located in Manhattan that serves as a key development ground for college and Olympic fencing. The audio leaked on Instagram was corroborated with video of Vaksman making the same shocking comments.
‘As soon as the recording was brought to our attention the matter was immediately investigated and the individual no longer works at the University,’ wrote St. John’s Athletic Director Michael Cragg in a statement. ‘The racist comments expressed are completely unacceptable and a rejection of everything for which the University stands.’
Vaksman has reportedly been suspended by the Fencer’s Club as well.