Ethnic Studies Faculty and Student Response to UCSD Campus Crisis Precipitated by the Event Dubbed the “Compton Cookout”

We welcome all thoughtful, informed and reasoned comments to our departmental statements. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of all faculty and graduate students at the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Regents of the University of California, or the University of California, San Diego. Please post your comments below.

As faculty and graduate students in the Ethnic Studies Department at UC-San Diego, we unequivocally condemn the February 15th off-campus party, dubbed the “Compton Cookout,” as an example of racist, classist and misogynist stereotyping that degrades Black people through disparaging representations of so-called “African American culture.”  Like similar events thrown on college and university campuses across the United States, this “theme party” in one quick, broad stroke reduced the complex lived experience of a heterogeneous racialized community to a caricatured depiction of cultural deviancy. All the more troubling, this particular themed party was intentionally organized to mock ongoing celebrations of African American History month in the U.S. and specifically here at UC San Diego.

This “monstrosity” (as some of the organizers called it) has a violent and racist history that began with blackface minstrel shows in the U.S., starting in the early 19th century, heightening with popularity during the Abolition Movement, and extending into 20th century theater and film.  Both blackface minstrel performances and parties such as the “Compton Cookout” reinforce and magnify existing material and discursive structures of Black oppression, while denying Black people any sense of humanity, negating not only the actual lives that exist behind these caricatured performances but the structural conditions that shape Black life in the US.  Far from celebrating Black history, events such as this one are marked celebrations of the play of power characteristic of whiteness in general and white minstrelsy in particular: the ability to move in and move out of a racially produced space at will; the capacity to embody a presumed deviance without actually ever becoming or being it; the privilege to revel in this raced and gendered alterity without ever having to question or encounter the systemic and epistemic violence that produces hierarchies of difference in the first place. Moreover, like their blackface minstrel predecessors, the organizers and attendees of the “Compton Cookout” demonstrate the inextricability of performances of white mastery over Black bodies from structures of patriarchy: by instructing their women ‘guests’ on how to dress (“wear cheap clothes”), behave (“start fights and drama”), and speak (“have a very limited vocabulary”), these young men not only paint a degrading and dehumanizing picture of African American women as so-called “ghetto chicks,” but offer a recipe for the objectification of all women—made permissible, once again, through the appropriation of blackness.

Contrary to what some have claimed, the recent “Compton Cookout” is neither an aberration nor unique. Rather, it is best understood as part of a broader social reality that despite the celebrated juridical/political advancements achieved by people of color in the United States through centuries of struggle, full racial justice remains a goal, rather than accomplishment. The same month that we witnessed Barack Obama sworn in as the first Black man to reach the White House, the number of Black men imprisoned in the United States reached one million. Meanwhile, the backlash against affirmative action in public institutions that began a decade ago in the state of California has reduced representation of people of color in institutions ranging from the University of Michigan Law School to the New Haven Fire Department to public school districts across the US, making the criminal justice system the only state institution in which African Americans are still sought after and included in large numbers. Indeed, the unacknowledged slow reversal of the promise of Brown v. Board of Education is evident here at UCSD: Black students currently represent less than 2% of the undergraduate population here at UC San Diego, a percentage that is scarcely better than the 1% representation of Black people among faculty and academic professionals. Given this, despite the protestations of its organizers, events like the “Compton Cookout” are never “harmless fun.”  Rather, they are the cultural matter through which raced and gendered hierarchies of difference are reproduced and instantiated; they are the venues in which white privilege is rationalized through the representation of African Americans as less civilized and more deviant, less human and more animalistic, less deserving of education and more worthy of satire.

Indeed, the “Compton Cookout” demonstrates that as a country and as a campus, we have yet to create the institutional systems that would make places of higher education more accessible to and less alienating for Black students and other students of color. Indeed, if recent events on campus are any indicator, as a campus, we have only begun the work of recognizing our own complicities in the problem at hand. As scholars of race and power in the United States and transnationally, the faculty and students of the Ethnic Studies Department and our affiliates are well-versed in the history and intersectional analysis of events such as this recent party, and the continuing raced, classed, and gendered structures of inequality that it represents. We remain ready to assist the administration in not only developing “teach-ins” but also institutional policies capable of radically changing the campus climate within which such events can be conceived of as ‘harmless’ and be carried out unchecked.

In that vein, the Department of Ethnic Studies calls upon the University of California, San Diego administration to view this event not as an incident of wayward students violating the principles of UCSD’s community, but rather to engage this event as a moment to re-think the logic of institutional accountability: who is responsible for creating a campus climate of permissibility around racial/gendered representational violence, and who pays the price of such a climate? We applaud the intellectual, political, and emotional work that is already being done by students, faculty and staff around the party and the broader issues it points to; at the same time, we recognize that moments such as this place additional and exhausting demands on a limited number of bodies, in part due to administrative expectations that students, faculty, and staff of color will serve as educators and crisis-managers, counselors and public representatives of the University. We therefore call upon the administration to model institutional accountability at the highest levels by taking concrete steps to make UCSD the educational and social environment promised by the Principles of Community—a university that is not only accessible to and affordable for African Americans and other students of color, but one in which students of color can feel valued, safe, and protected.

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29 responses to “Ethnic Studies Faculty and Student Response to UCSD Campus Crisis Precipitated by the Event Dubbed the “Compton Cookout”

  1. ethnicstudiesucsd

    Luis,

    I’m trying to figure this out: were you commenting on the department’s statement about the “Compton Cookout” incident? Were you trying to comment on a different post? What does SDSU’s Chicano Studies Dept in 1981 have to do with us?

    thanks,

    José Fusté
    UCSD
    Dept. of Ethnic Studies
    Blog Editor

  2. Mexican American Studies SDSU 1980
    the whole curriculum of chicano studies was a joke a shame and a disgrace for the standards of the academia, and the tax payers.
    Luis E. Campos
    1980 Alumni SDSU

  3. For the record I graduated from SDSU, in 1979. Left California in 1981.
    I believe that Chicano Studies -according to the 1980 catalog: 230 Barrio art, 250 Barrio theater
    255 Ballet folklorico, 303 Barrio Studies 310 Mexican and Chicano Music , 331 Chicano Poetry,
    Chicano Prose, 334 Language of the Barrio,
    140 Sociology of Racism, and many other courses
    were totally improvised, and very poor academically, their teachers were poorly trained.
    Apart from the “Racial resentment” and hate rethoric, and politics; such departmente was a disgraced for the
    standards of the academia and for the tax payers, and also a shame for other latinamericans. students

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  5. DR

    Where does it stop? When do whites as a group get over themselves and see that thier hatred and stereotyping of minorities has played out? If blacks, Latinoes , Asains wish to laugh at themselves let them.
    We whites need to let go of the racial intolerence and began to make fun of ourselves much in the way the Jeff Foxworthy does with the Redneck jokes. How about a stereotype of the typical white family that lives in fear of a race war so they build a safe house and store massive amounts of weapons and guns to fight off their imaginary enemies? Oh not funny enough?
    How about the stereotype of the white racist that talks that talk but secretly wishes he had permanently tanned skin. so he marries a dark brown sister to have his kids become what he isn’t? won’t do either? How about a act showing how evil affirmative action opponents are, and how it has benefited many minorities who have no uncles/aunts/ fathers/ mothers/ networking systems enabeling them to get enrollment/positions/promotions/favorable treatment? Hum…. no takers huh? No wonder…

  6. The Ethnic Studies statement is the perfect metaphor for all that is wrong with such departments. A veritable poster child for overreaction and false claims of victimization. A few stupid kids promoted a crude party, encouraged by a self hating black man whose internet name I’d rather not repeat and all hell explodes. He and the college kids are hardly alone in their hateful depiction of a segment of the American black community.

    Your overdramatized response is as ridiculous as the party itself. Your “rage” should be equally directed at all the “entertainers”, “comedians” and academics (Cornet West for example) who have for years promoted all that this party represented. The hateful lyrics are now more than a generation old. They are vile. Maybe listening to them since childhood has had an impact on both black and white.

    The vast majority of kids at UCSD have zero animus toward any group and no more bigotry than any kid of any race or ethnicity.

    This is not an issue of racism but civility, decency and respect. When legends of well know and often rewarded black men and women use similar language and dress it is hardly a problem of race. Standards of civility should be required of well know blacks, as well as stupid kids.

    I would love to listen to the IPODs of all these kids who protest and claim to be so traumatized. You and I know the likelihood that the music they listen too and to comedians they laugh at promote the very stereotypes you so self righteously criticize.

    This whole episode is much ado about very little. The idiot on the campus T.V. is just that – an idiot. From what I have seen he insults everyone — that is his stupid objective. He is no different then dozens of black “comedians” and “entertainers.” The shock among some students is the result of educators like you, not anything new or shocking.

    The placement of the infamous noose appears to have had no racial intent. But departments like yours have so over sensitized some that they see racism in every nook and cranny of life.

    A suggestion. Encourage your students to put aside all the protest and rage. Stop listening to hate music and hate comedy. Focus on learning a thing or two and enjoying their time in college. They live in the freest most opportunity producing nation in the history of man kind. For everyone!

    Maybe if educators spent more time teaching appreciation, these kids would not be so ungrateful.

    Richard Pryor wrote a book in his final days. As he looked back at his legacy of introducing the “n” word into polite society he became very sad. He regretted having made such a hatful word so acceptable.

    More blacks have moved to America voluntarily then were brought here as slaves. They have not come to be persecuted but for opportunity and freedom. How about teaching that to your students? Self described victims will always be unhappy. They will misperceive opportunity and raise unhappy kids. Let that not be the legacy of the Ethnic Studies Department at UCSD. So far it appears that your only legacy will be to help raise generations of victims. How very sad.

  7. Montana

    (1) UCSD: A group of dumb white frat guys hold an event called a “Compton Cookout.” This pisses people off as it used Black History Month as a reason to mock black people with racist stereotypes. Also involved is some idiot who tries to use this opportunity for shameless self-promotion, who also happens to be black. To say the least, the guy is basically a wannabe Flavor Flav.

    (2) UCSD: Another dumb white frat guy gets mad that blacks are offended of being relegated to a bigoted stereotype. He tries to hold another racist event.

    (3) UCSD: Meanwhile, a terrible student media publication (which, after viewing their website consists of all white staff, nudity, staff wrestling each other, and well, not much else), pushes their limits calling black students “ungrateful n——” – not just that word, but also that apparently the black students owed them something. They have a reputation of being trashy, and at this point, administration and faculty rush to condemn racism by students of the campus and various protests begin. Funding is also cut from all student media at UCSD, creating an extra bitter controversy.

    (4) UCSD: On Friday of that week, a noose is found in the library. Everything gets worked in a frenzy and – something I’ll address later – a large amount of white commenter’s on the internet begin claiming that is was probably a black student who planted it in order to gain more sympathy. In addition, there are rumors of a threatening note sent to the Guardian and a second noose, there was no second noose, and the threat seems to be just a rumor.

    (5) UCSD: Protests basically happen at all schools in support of the students. There are various sit-ins, and teach-ins, and what have you. School administrators become pushed to be more active in fixing what’s going on.

    I have not seen this noose person, but most of you blame her and conveniently forget wear this all originated.

    Instead of an apology there has been steady escalation and now the noose. So, what exactly will the excuses be for this cowardly act that brings up memories of the confederate KKK of the South in their attempts to keep slavery and the non-whites in fear? Is it that are uneducated, is it that their parents planted these seeds of hate, is it that they are live in fear because our President in the white house is not 100% white. In my opinion this is what the small portions of the republican party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” have brought you. These kids are good at “Follow the Leader” of their dullard leaders, they listen to Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush and Savage and the rest of the Blowhards, they are young and dumb. Are you surprise at what they do when you know what they think? The world is complicated and most republicans (Hamiliton, Lincoln, Roosevelt) believe that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now its about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. Although most republicans are trying to distant themselves from this fringe they have a long way to go.

  8. Fellow Ethnic Studies Major at another CA Campus

    Thank you UCSD Ethnic Studies Dept. for posting such a great response to this horrible event. Your message is important and relevant.

    Stevie, thank you as well for such a brilliant posting. I’m glad your voice is being heard as a UCSD student who is being directly affected by this ignorance. I am from San Diego and realize that this dynamic you explain exists and is a reality for many who live in “America’s Finest City.”

    Its true that the good news is, this is bringing light and discussion to the reality of racism’s existence, yes even with a black president in office.

  9. Troj 1

    Good Luck in the real world, kids.

  10. Benito Juarez

    I will tell you what I have seen these last few days, I saw people from different backgrounds, my children, my brothers and sisters come together in solidarity, and got the message heard.

    This reminds me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn’t stop to help him. Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need. Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the “I” into the “thou,” and to be concerned about his brother.

    You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”

    But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

    That’s the question before us. The question is not, “If I stop to help my brother in need, what will happen to me?” The question is, “If I do not stop to help my brother, what will happen to him or her?” That’s the question.

    God bless all my brothers and sister that stood side by side with our brothers and sisters in need, when you saw a wrong you tried to correct it, you may argue the methods but not the reasons. I know God will not discriminate by country of origin, our sex, our orientation, color of our skin, or our religion as men do.

  11. Carri

    It’s a plot by the fundamentalist rightwing party of tyranny called Republicans. They foment hate, they sneer, they make excuses for their behavior and blame everyone else. They advocate the supremacy of their America – a lily-white America. They are scared and frightened becuase (gasp) a black man has been elected to the White House. They are losing conrol and like cornered animals, they are lashing out. This is the national leadership from whom these studants take their cues.

  12. April

    “Jiggaboo Jones”

    You are no doubt a “brotha” who used to be down on his luck tryna’ make a dolla’, product of your environment, can’t get a decent job because you went to prison, obviously lacking an education, and I think that it’s SAD that you feel that the way for you to make a living is to make a mockery of your race. You’re feeding the ignorance of people who want to think it’s OK to degrade and demoralize black people, “because a black guy said it was ok!” Maybe one day if you actually research YOUR history, you will see why WE find it so offensive that you portray yourself this way. You are an insult to your race, but nothing I say will probably change anything you do because you are completely delusional. I guess I should just pray for you, because GOD is the only one who can get through to you, you’re just too far gone.

    Anyway…it DOES NOT MATTER who made the invitations, who hosted the party, or whether the party was for “Jiggaboo Jones'” DVD release. WHAT DOES MATTER, is that the black students at UCSD have been victimized, demoralized, and mocked to the point that they (or maybe I should say we, since I was a student there 5 years ago) are FED UP! UCSD has never had more than 3% black population, and there has been racial tension there because of the lack of true diversity.

    You may think that these white kids are laughing with you, but one day you’ll realize that they’re laughing AT YOU, AND AT US!

    We have an OBLIGATION to be better than the stereotypes outlined in that Facebook invitation. Our ancestors fought too hard for our freedom, for us to get an education, and to live respectable lives. We have an OBLIGATION to speak OUT against this type of IGNORANCE so that our CHILDREN can live in a world BETTER than this one!!

    GOD BLESS YOU AND JESUS LOVES YOU!

  13. Meni

    Jiggaboo Jones,

    You’re not fooling anyone. You are just some student pretending to be this Jiggaboo Jones. It’s interesting that as soon as Ahonymos mentions your name, you appear (of all blogs this blog). Make the connection everyone. Regarding the picture of Jiggaboo Jones being used on facebook, it means nothing. It’s called copy and paste. One of the party planners could have simply been a fan of Jiggaboo Jones and decided to use his image because it fit well with the party description. Or they just randomly came across his picture and decided he looked ghetto enough. Like I said, who promotes a dvd release party without mentioning it anywhere in the invitation or advertisement for the party?

    Who “organizes” an event but requires that the guest do all the work? The invitation specifically said that this event was dedicated to Black History Month, there was no mention of a dvd release party. The students did all the planning, wrote the invitation, bought the food and drinks, picked the venue, created the fb pages, yet we are supposed to believe that this event was planned by Jiggabook Jones? Please, I didn’t get into UCSD for nothing. The students involved are getting what they deserve.

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  15. Meni,
    How do you dispute the fact that MY picture is on the FB invitation? Ohh I am sorry I guess the KKK somehow went back in time and put it there so your guys could screw up, or promote my DVD release.
    Keep backpeddling, we will expose the liars that made this into a racist thing Even Jesse Jackass knows not to mess with this after we pulled the curtain back on him with jessejackson.org
    Stop trying to ruin people with this crap –
    Because of this crap I had to lose all my footage of the event – gee thanks

  16. Anonymous

    Meni,

    I agree completely. Just because this event was organized by an African American doesn’t make it acceptable. It is far from it.

    However, it seems many people were/are making incorrect assumptions about the event without knowing the facts. This just exacerbates the situation in the wrong direction. Misdirected anger can only unnecessarily make matters worse.

    Additionally, since the event was organized by someone who is not a UCSD student and it was held off campus, perhaps that is a matter for the District Attorney and not the Chancellor? Was a law broken?

    As for Koala TV, they have a history of claiming first-amendment rights over responsible broadcasting. Organizing a sequel to the original event should result in maximum sensure. In my opinion, the Chancellor should consider expelling students involved for inciting unrest, which can be a crime.

    As for the piece of cardboard found on the Koala office floor, it seems suspicious. Why was it written on a scrap piece of cardboard instead of normal piece of paper found around the office? Why was it found on the middle of the floor? Could someone have slipped it through a locked door? Maybe that’s why it was on cardboard instead of paper? In any case, whoever produced it seems to want additional escalation of the situation. We should chose not give them the satisfaction/power.

  17. Meni

    Also, if this was a party organized by Jiggaboo Jones, why is he not metioned in any of the invitations or FB pages? Why wasn’t this event advertised as a “dvd release party” by Jiggaboo Jones? If you’re trying to promote yourself, I’m pretty sure you’d want everyone to know that this is your event.

    The students organized it, wrote up the invitations, bought the food and beer, decided where the party was going to be, made the racially offensive t shirts, yet we are supposed to believe that this was a Jiggaboo Jones event. I’d never take part in an event organized by someone else that requires me to do everything. But people prefer to grasp at straws.

  18. Meni

    Anonymous,

    I’m sorry, but “Jiggaboo Jones” is not King of all Blacks . He does not decide what should and shouldn’t be offensive to Blacks. What I find interesting is how many Whites are trying their very hardest to lay the blame on “Jiggaboo Jones” as if it will make everything OK. “A Black man did it”, “he forced us to organize the party, write-up that offensive invitation(most of the language taken from urbandictionary.com), put it on Facebook, send it out to other frat members, paint ourselves Black and take pictures wearing t-shirts with racially offensive words while holding a bucket of chicken.”

    I’m pretty sick and tired of the Black man did it meme. It changes nothing! People are responsible for their own actions. If one Asian person tells me it’s OK to throw a racially offensive party about Asians doesn’t make it OK. The ACLU, NAACP and local and state representatives are all involved, so clearly Jiggaboo Jones confessing means nothing. As I’ve stated, he is not King of all Blacks. Did Jiggaboo Jones also make the students get on live TV calling Black students racially offensive terms? Did he also give the Koala staff the OK to write “Compton Lynching” on a note left in the studio?

    I’m inclined to believe that he is simply a shock jock using this opportunity to promote himself. If he was so involved, I’m sure the frat boy party planners wouldn’t need to refer to urbandictionary.com to write up the invitation.

  19. Anonymous

    This was a historically correct and informed article. Racial stereotyping is something that denigrates those being unfairly represented and we should fight against at every turn.

    Unfortunately, your article failed to discuss the issue that was at the core of the original “Compton Cookout” event. The organizer, Jiggaboo Jones, threw the event as a “DVD release party”.

    It’s interesting to get a perspective from Mr. Jones himself, he made a couple of posts to YouTube. Note that Mr. Jones uses language that many will find offensive, you have been forewarned: . Mr. Jones also seems to be upset that the racial issues are overshadowing the news of his DVD release, which he covers here: .

    Obviously, this situation encompasses more issues than are covered in your excellent academic article.

  20. It was MY people who set up the event like SO many others we have done IE “Nigga Night 2009″ because I was deleted off of facebook over a year ago I had one of my fans post it for me as I always did in the past….
    What went wrong ?
    We had several people we didn’t invite because they had a history of not being able to drink and NOT start a scene – these people are the rabble rousers that made this night sound like some kinda KLAN rally.
    The original post is STILL on my myspace pace and a copy of the picture from Nigga Night 2009 was used as the Original Invite (now the faces have been hidden to protect them)
    This is a case of Grandstanding and “I told you I would make trouble for you -crap”

    my rebuttal is posted at
    http://www.jigga2jones.com

    I wish the people that started the Lie about the event would own up to what they did – Karma is coming for each one of them.

  21. Ahonymos

    While I strongly feel, as most likely do, that this ‘party’ is quite obviously highly offensive and completely unacceptable, a part of me takes a bitter and cynical amusement from the various comments here which, while blasting ‘racism and stereotyping’, in the same breath accuse ‘all whites of being racist.’

  22. Tania Jabour

    Thank you to the Ethnic Studies Department for making it clear why this “one incident” can’t be abstracted as “harmless fun” or an exercise of “free speech.” After statements from the UCSD administration were issued that framed this event as an unintentional breach of “tolerance” and multicultural inclusion, a response like this one was badly needed. I appreciate that you clearly historicize and contextualize the representations of Black people in the invitation within a very long and complex history of racism, misogyny, and violence. I find it despicable that the organizers of the event have been emboldened by the campus response and are planning another “Compton Cookout.”

  23. Stevie

    The events unfolding at UC San Diego over the past week are not surprising to students or faculty of color who have encountered institutionalized White supremacy on this campus, and across the UC system. To students who feel isolated everyday, made to fear the places in which they work, teach and interact with their colleagues, we’ve heard the false promises that have been made while having to make concessions for working on a campus that finds us animalistic. Certainly, while the administration attempts to seem race-neutral by acting as the negotiator between Black grievance (anger) and White privilege, both the chancellor and the fraternities are operating on the same logic that no one was hurt, no one was injured. Or, that these discourses against Black women-men-transgendered people don’t preclude its own type of violence (from the footsteps of this campus, La Jolla, San Diego, to broader California-Globe), or at the very least promote the exclusion or emotional distress by being terrorized by a majority student population.

    The problem is the administration is suggesting that there is a uniformity to the experiences of student life on this campus-the position that is taken by other campuses. But, our lives are not defined or confined by the privilege of having a “student life,” for some of us this is make or break-we only have one chance. Even though students of color “make it” to UCSD, they still endure the same type of racial injustice that they experience off campus by being tokenized as the only person of color in class, feeling intimidated to speak against a majority-White classroom. Beyond the fact that we already have to deal with the added pressure of being isolated by the geography of La Jolla’s predominantly rich White majority, separating itself from the urban decay of San Diego’s Latino, Black, and Vietnamese populations, we have to deal with the additional burden of being targets of hate based rhetoric.

    Singling out Black History month is about the interconnectedness of violence, race and liberalism in the United States. Certainly, we’re told that we’re all equals on this campus, but when we’ve been injured, there is little recourse to protect us-even though we follow the measures and standards set by administration. It seems to me, then, that there is an institutionalized problem with how to respond to the needs of students of color to keep them safe. Even though we follow through with the proper “codes” of grievance by making blogs, holding forums, appealing to the chancellor, we’re still not given the justice we demand because the grievances we carry are outside the periphery of the administration’s commitments. Because institutions, such as UCSD, were built on the models of maintaining White privilege to keep kids in the 1960s from joining the army during the U.S. wars in Vietnam to the current uses of the university as a “right of passage” for White students to feel secure in their future aspirations to be doctors, lawyers, etc. It seems that the institutions that worked to protect White supremacy should undergo its own review about how to respond to diversity, that simultaneously works against those histories of exclusionary practices. At an institution that purportedly attempts to secure the rights of all its students, it seems that there is a level of incompetence by the administration, begging the question who will review the reviewers?

  24. April

    So are we going to sit back and wait til they start burning crosses in their yards? Or maybe let’s wait til they pull out the fire hoses and attack dogs on the protestors. Have we regressed to the racial tension of the 1960’s?? WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON? I’m asking you all to pray for these students and UCSD for unit…y and healing in this matter. Hate groups should not be tolerated at a publicly funded university. I am a UCSD Alum, and I am utterly apalled at the lack of action, lack of respect, and lack of support for these students who are in pain.

  25. Lene

    Tatter Salad,

    You clearly don’t have any “Black brothers”, especially if you believe that any of them would “enjoy the venue.” There is no need to pretend that you have Black friends while posting anonymously, we have no idea who you are.

    I’ll tell you, it’s becoming more and more difficult to believe that the majority of Whites are not racist. As much as I try to fight against these feelings, I’m finding it very difficult to comfortably interact with Whites due to incidents like this one. We even have White students on Koala TV calling Black Students the N word and whiners, yet racism no longer exists right? It’s easy to dismiss these recent events as “harmless fun” or label those who feel hurt and offended as overly PC when you aren’t the group being targeted.

  26. Sampson

    I’d just like to know why you capitalize the word “Black”, but use a lowercase “white” throughout the article? It’s an honest question, my literary knowledge is not the strongest…

  27. E

    taylor: it’s impossible and unconscionable to punish these “offenders.” no public funds were used. this was not an official fraternity party. you would punishing them for having a different opinion, however “bad” it may seem, than yourself.

    additionally, do you think it’s a good idea to punish people for things that may offend? Isn’t one of the parts of living in a free society that sometimes, yea, you WILL be offended.

    I fear a society run by people like Taylor or the ethnic studies department as a whole.

  28. Tatter Salad

    Hey! I’m Greek, and I find Toga Balls offensive; -where were ALL of you when I needed you??
    Me thinks the BRASS doth protest too much.
    I’m a student at UCSD and knew nothing about the party. I wish I did; the theme is interesting! I went to a High School that was 1/3 rd black; my black brothers there would enjoy the venue as well, it is NOT a derogatory comment. If this were a black fraternity, would you then stamp it with approval? Why is it that ‘white folk’ feel better about themselves my assuming the mantle of righteous indignation, when NONE is warranted.
    Am I saying there isn’t any serious ethnic based problems at UCSD? Should we ask the Grounds Keepers and Custodians (all Hispanic)? Should we ask some of the ‘Greek System’ fraternity clubs… let’s see, there is the Chinese one, the Jewish one, the Hispanic one. There is NO integrated one that I know of!
    Worse, go to ANY Electrical Engineering lab; if you don’t speak Cantonese, you will be ostracized; that means if you pursue EE and are NOT Asian, you will need suffer 16 – 18 labs from hell. Seriously; at Jacob’s School of Engineering you will find ‘white’ to be a minority (just like most other U.C. science colleges).

  29. Taylor

    The recent event of the “off campus” fraternity party mocking Black History Month must not go unpunished. Here’s a sad story that repeats itself again and again. What ever the attempt was here, it was not at all amusing. Off campus behaviour by students should also be held up to the standards of the school policy which I am certain doesn’t allow for such parties to be held inconjunction with the schools name and its organized branches represented. This at a UC school too. UCSD should have some funding cut for this and these fraternities should be suspended from oranganizing for the rest of the academic year. A repeat of any such grouping for the purpose of mocking a history of a people should determine that said fraternity or any other such organization should be officially terminated. Mocking civil rights is never a funny thing. People have died for the right to vote, attend schools, marry who they love, and recieve justice in our courts, and my tax dollars are helping indirectly to pay for this crap? Oh no. Not on my watch!

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