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Race Relations At UCSD

Where's the leadership of the university? Why do the UC president, the California governor, the NAACP, city council and state assembly, not to mention alumni and parents, all have to prevail on UCSD to take decisive action and change the institution that has brought on the toxic campus climate? Isn't that the UCSD president's job? Isn't he concerned that the prestige of a UCSD degree is plummeting by the day? Aren't they worried that there might be legal ramifications for not defending civil rights?

As the parent of a beautiful girl who inherited her father's skin, I used to think a UC school would be ideal for my daughter, but I think I'd be afraid for her safety. With no leadership at the top, who would guarantee her protection from random acts of hate and discrimination?

February 27, 2010 at 11:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

UCSD Students Blast Chancellor Over Racially Charged Incidents

(continued) When you deny a person, or group the right or opportunity to be part of a community, you deprive that person or group of the right and opportunity to represent and express their humanity on their terms. The dehumanization involved in the promotion of stereotypes is just a surface expression of a deeper, systemic dehumanization that has taken place, and that continues to take place in our university. The tragedy is the system that allowed, and even promoted, the permanent absence of a group (or various groups) of human beings from any meaningful participation in any form of community in San Diego. That the system (and now, its students) even defended the poisonous campus climate of de facto segregation by citing its defense of "free speech." That is the tragedy, that is the scandal.

Jody Blanco
jdblanco@ucsd.edu

February 20, 2010 at 9:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

UCSD Students Blast Chancellor Over Racially Charged Incidents

Mom, you are wrong. The fraternity members are not victims. Nobody who uses hate speech and expresses racial discrimination against a historically underrepresented minority, within a system that tolerates or actively promotes institutional forms of inequality on the level of its policies and principles, NOBODY who exploits this inequality at the risk of exacerbating the deep-seated tensions and resentments that are its consequence, is a "victim." As a tenured professor at the university, a member of an historically underrepresented minority, and a father who works day and night to educate his seven year old daughter about the kind of bulls---- she is going to suffer because her father was born with brown skin, I am telling you that the people who threw this party are the perpetrators, not the victims, of hate speech; and no perverted logic on your part to blame the real victims (i.e., US) for hate speech will change that.

For people who have never experienced racial discrimination, it's fine to mouth pedantry about how we all have to "toughen up" to the reality that "the world is not sterile or sanitized" (sic). For you, the violence of being a daily target of unknown forces, both institutional and popular, that have made an issue of your Difference, and the history that accompanies it -- this is something you watch on TV, or read about in a book, in the safety of your confidence, which has never been challenged, that at the bottom we are all equal citizens with equal rights and equal opportunities.

Do the events of the past week all boil down to the question of whether or not students have the right to exercise free speech? No. The scandal isn't that the right to free speech might even include the right for individuals to denigrate and stereotype people: I can turn the TV to Fox News Channel and see the proof of that for myself any given day. The scandal is that an event like this could only happen in or around a university or institution that has failed in its commitment to academic and cultural diversity. The scandal is that many students at UCSD consider black people and communities as a product of their imaginations and consumer habits: an entertainment commodity we pay to watch on MTV, or hear on the radio. A stereotype we have the “right” to enjoy and take pleasure in, because we have paid good money to possess and consume it in the privacy of our homes, parties, and TV screens. The scandal is that many whites – and even Asian Americans in California – do not belong to a community that involved and involves the active participation and vital humanity of another community of color, another historically underrepresented minority. It's not hard to see why: only 1 of every 50 students on this campus is African American, and only 1 of 10 students is Latina / Latino.

February 20, 2010 at 9:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )