“Compton Cookout” Updated Timeline   2 comments

A summary of recent racial tensions at UCSD:
  • Monday, February 15- Ghetto-themed “Compton Cookout” held at off-campus Regents apartments, planned and attended by UCSD students. Theme mocked Black History Month and African Americans, especially “ghetto chicks”. Planners known to be fraternity members, but frats themselves not involved with party.
  • Tuesday, February 16- Chancellor’s office sends mass email to students condemning the “offensively themed student party, mocking the commemoration of Black History Month.”
  • Wednesday, February 17- Through another mass email, UCSD administration announces campaign called “Not In Our Community” to support students who feel threatened and isolated, administration also plans “Teach-In” for February 24. Local news outlets report on the event.
  • Thursday, February 18- Offensive student newspaper, The Koala, airs racial slur on UCSD closed-network Student Run TV, calling black students “ungrateful n——“. Piece of cardboard reading “Compton lynching” found at the scene is later determined to have been written by a non-student and was not used in the segment.
  • Wednesday, February 24- UCSD administration’s “Teach-In” preceded by hundreds-strong demonstration led by the UCSD Black Student Union. BSU leaders call for a walkout of the standing room only “Teach-In” an hour into the program. Almost all students walk out to chants of “Who’s University? Our University!”. BSU’s own subsequent “real teach-in” rally supersedes the administration’s event, attracting over a thousand people from all over southern California. BSU presents a list of 32 demands to the UCSD administration, many of which are approved on the spot. Other demands are met with hesitancy by the administration and backlash on the internet.
  • Thursday, February 25- Noose found hanging on the seventh floor of Geisel Library around 10PM. Word spreads between students primarily through text message and word of mouth. BSU quickly organizes a demonstration for the next day. More media outlets pick up the story with the advent of the Geisel noose incident.
  • Friday, February 26- From about 8AM-5:30PM, a group of about 400 protests in reaction to the Geisel Noose incident (suspect turned herself in and was suspended) and the administration’s lackluster responses. Protesters stage sit-in at the Chancellor’s office around noon, demand a response. About 400 crowd her office, refuse to leave. While speakers offer encouragement in the Chancellor’s courtyard, BSU leaders meet with the administration in the late afternoon and denounce administration’s response as an unacceptable “bullshit ass document” to the crowd. Another protest is planned for Monday, March 1 in addition to the March 4 all day “Teach Out”.
  • Saturday, February 27- UCSD BSU revises their demands. Revisions include clarifications, implementation recommendations, and repealing of the “holistic admissions” demand. New version can be viewed at the Facebook group: Make UCSD accountable to their students. No mention of a campus shutdown demand, which was included in a Friday statement, is found in this version.
  • Sunday, February 28- Governor Schwarzenegger speaks out on the turmoil at UCSD, denouncing racism and citing “horrific incidents”. Koala editor in chief gives unapologetic interview to Union Tribune reporter who buys him beer.
  • Monday, March 1- Student who hung noose in Geisel library issues apologetic statement saying she acted “without thinking of any of its connotations or the current racial climate at UCSD.” BSU members meet with administration for several hours to discuss ways to increase African American presence on campus. Late at night, a makeshift KKK hood was found on the Dr. Seuss statue outside Geisel library. Police investigate, Chancellor Fox condemns “despicable actions”.
  • Thursday, March 4- BSU leaders meet with administration again to discuss implementation of their demands, declare that positive steps have been made. BSU and supporters gathered outside the chancellor’s office and attending a separate press conference comprise about 3oo of the demonstrators marching and collecting in front of Geisel Library. Over 800 people unite for rally against fee increases, lack of transparency, cuts to budget, staff, and services, and social injustice including racism and homophobia at UCSD. The BSU and Chacellor Fox sign an agreement to implement the demands made of the administration to support minority interest on campus.

2 responses to ““Compton Cookout” Updated Timeline

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  1. 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. This is what the republican party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” have brought you. These kids follow what their dullard leaders say, 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?

  2. Racism begins with our families, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents, people we admire, respect and love.

    However, as we grow and mature we come to the realization that what we were told by our family when we were children were slanted lies base on their prejudices. We realize that most people are like ourselves and not so different and want the same things, like a home, steady work, a Medicare plan and schools for our children (if you travel you will see this). We realize that most people are of good hearts and goodwill.

    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 fellow man.

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

    This current climate of blaming, mocking and demeaning others for our own short comings, is not new, we have had this before and we have conquered it.

    Remember “Evil flourishes when good men (and women) do nothing”. Raise your voices with those of us who believe we are equal and we can win this battle again.

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