KKK Hood Found Near UCSD Library   1 comment

The statue (Theodor Geisel, the seated man) on which the pillow case-fashioned KKK style hood was found.

Another possible crime committed at UCSD, related to hate and racism. UCSD’s news page is reporting that a KKK-style hood was found on a the head of the Theodore Geisel statue (the author known as Dr. Seuss, not the Cat in the Hat) outside Geisel library last night around 11PM.

“It was placed on a statue outside the main campus library, and a rose was inserted into the statue’s fingers.”

This certainly appears to be a deliberate and malicious act, not a felicitous coincidence (see: Geisel noose). The “Compton Lynching” piece of cardboard found in SR-TV headquarters following the Koala incident was found to have not been part of their broadcast and not written by a student. The Geisel noose hanger claims she was oblivious to the symbolism and racial climate, plus she left her rope in an obscure corner of the library. A pillow case fashioned into a KKK hood is not open to interpretation. This action is pure idiocy, and I do not believe it is a protected form of speech.

This is a serious incident and deserves a full investigation, even if the suspect intended no violence and just wanted attention or thought it was funny. It is very serious regardless of the suspect’s race. I will refrain from further speculation on who or why, but that person or persons can expect much more trouble than the Geisel noose girl. Chancellor Fox has made a statement saying, “We will not allow this incident, or any incident, to deter the progress we are making to change and heal our university community.” I do not think a mere suspension will satisfy the BSU on this one, and this incident pours fuel on the fire leading up to the March 4th activities. Whether or not it was done for attention or an imbecilic “prank”, it’s going to attract the media, BSU scorn and chatter. It will be interesting to see how the administration and especially the BSU reacts.

I know not whether the the suspect knows that Theodor Geisel is widely thought to have been Jewish (Wikipedia disagrees), but this perception really compounds the implications of the KKK hood. It’s not funny and it’s not “cool” how much attention this will attract. It will be considered and persecuted as a possible hate crime, and if the identity of the suspect is revealed, I fear for that individual’s safety. If it is a genuine threat, this person’s safety is no less in question, and it is reprehensible to be sharing the university with this person.


Posted March 2, 2010 by Wada in Compton Cookout, Geisel noose, UCSD

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  1. (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.

    (6) 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 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?

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