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Sorting Through Race Relations At UCSD

UCSD may have had no jurisdiction in an off-campus party but once again, that is NOT what we're talking about here. We're talking about race-bating, slurs and blatantly racist threats and actions that take place ON-CAMPUS. The program aired by the Koala on the campus-run television station on-campus is one example.

There was a NOOSE hung at the campus library last night (for a picture and details, see http://stopracismucsd.wordpress.com/). This is a direct THREAT to the safety of students on-campus and is being treated by the police as an "intent to terrorize." UCSD does have a responsibility for people feeling physically safe on-campus and the hanging of the noose has caused many to fear that violent acts will follow.

The administrators have yet to respond directly to this event despite many faculty and community members requesting that the campus be shutdown today. Since they have failed to take action, we are taking action ourselves and have canceled classes today in solidarity with those in fear on a public university campus. There is currently another demonstration underway at library walk.

February 26, 2010 at 11:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sorting Through Race Relations At UCSD

The issue is NOT the so-called “Compton Cookout” party that took place. The outcry over the incident has been so loud because it was basically the boiling point for many minority students who have experienced on-going covert racism on-campus in many forms since they first set foot on-campus. The outrage is about the underlying racial tensions that exist on a daily basis which this event brought to the fore.

What is at heart here is institutional and structural racism as well as the PRIVILEGE that those unaffected are fortunate enough to experience. The question that so many have asked, “What’s the big deal?” in itself reveals inherent privilege in the ability to even ask that question. Because students of color directly affected by racial bating and slurs have NEVER been in the position to ask what the big deal is when it comes to race. Those enduring daily covert racism do not have that privilege.

To gerold and jessicadiane: It's not about race, it's about socioeconomics, and unfortunately race and socioeconomics are deeply intertwined. Yes, you have to work hard to get into UCSD and acceptance to a competitive university should be based on merit, but the problem is one of access and inequality of resources and funding. A large portion of the African American and Latino population come from a lower, working-class background, growing up in historically underprivileged communities whose schools receive less funding and who are therefore unable to offer the rigorous type of coursework (like AP, IB classes) that would allow students to earn a GPA high enough to get into a competitive university like UCSD. And the same goes for Asian minorities; yes, there is a very large Asian population at UCSD but it would be interesting to see a breakdown of their socioeconomic background. I’m willing to bet that a large majority come from middle to upper-middle class families. There are still certain Asian minority groups that are less represented at UCSD; what about Vietnamese or Hmong? Socioeconomics definitely come into play within the Asian American population; those who have the resources and those who don’t.

To ucsd07alum and Stanley: The fact that African American individuals were involved in the planning of the “Compton Cookout” or that they attended the party does not magically make it OK. It is an example of internalized racism as well as of racism against one sector of the African American population which these particular individuals dis-identify with. And additionally, one or two African American people are not representative of the feelings and opinions of the entire African American community. The fact that they don’t see what the big deal is points to the lack of historical consciousness of all individuals who attended this event in that they failed to recognize the deep painful history of the African American community in the U.S., a community whose suffering and cannot easily be compared with that of any other race in this country.

February 25, 2010 at 10:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )