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KKK-Style Hood Doesn’t Distract Black Students’ Resolve

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Federal law enforcement agencies are now investigating a series of racially-charged incidents at UC San Diego. The most recent involves the discovery of a Ku Klux Klan-like hood on campus.

— Federal law enforcement agencies are now investigating a series of racially-charged incidents at UC San Diego. The most recent involves the discovery of a Ku Klux Klan-like hood on campus.

UCSD campus police found what appeared to be a white pillowcase made into a KKK-style hood Monday evening. That hood was placed on a statue in front of the university's main library. A noose was found inside the same library last week.

The District Attorney's Office, the U.S. Attorney General's Office and the FBI are now investigating the spate of incidents since the infamous Compton Cookout party.

Sandra Kaplan is a UCSD ethnic studies professor. She says black student leaders continue to push for significant reforms.

“There will be backlash,” Kaplan said. “All (students) can do is continue to press forward. I think what we sometimes forget is the students who started this process are the students who were already fully aware that there were problems on this campus.”

UCSD officials and black student leaders are developing a plan to address racial inequities on campus. Students want the plan completed by the end of this week.

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