UCSD – Racist Incidents, Again

After a series of racist incidents occurring during Black History Month at UC San Diego, a noose was found hanging in the library on the morning of February 26. A disgusting and repellent symbol. Students gathered outside the administration complex chanting “Real Pain, Real Action,” then occupied the chancellor’s office, calling for the university to be shut down until their safety and respect for their rights could be guaranteed. I went in there too: an atmosphere of calm and determined dignity, very impressive. Read the reports from Student Activism and the New York Times.

2 Responses to “UCSD – Racist Incidents, Again”

  1. Montana Says:

    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?

    –> Yeah, I’m not surprised but I am disgusted and I am angry at those people and the effects they produce. The word I am hearing now is that the person who put up the noose got a three-week suspension which is equivalent to almost nothing for the hate speech of a murder threat. Minority students at UCSD will take real action and they won’t be alone! The March 4 walkout at UCSD is a chance for everyone on campus to make their solidarities real and it’s not the only chance, I am glad to see these actions coming together and I hope for concrete effects. – BH

  2. Benito Juarez Says:

    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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