Kudos to Students Who Walked Out of the UC San Diego “Teach-in”

I am proud of students who took action today at UC San Diego.  I know the school had very good intentions, but a “teach-in” on racial tolerance was likely seen as a politically correct band-aid.  Talk is not what these students want.  They want action.  They want to feel that they are in an environment where racists are taken to task when they do bold things, like throwing a neo-blackface party.  A long seminar on racial tolerance is like workplace sexual harassment classes.  Everyone in the room nods and says they understand.  What would you expect them to do, defend their right to grab their secretary’s butt or tell a couple penis jokes?  Keep fighting kids.  Even if you don’t see the results you want, you will not leave that University with regrets.

LA Times: Nine days after an off-campus student party mocked Black History Month, UC San Diego went through a day of protests, tumult and self-examination Wednesday, especially concerning the small number of African American students enrolled at the beachside campus.

University administrators sponsored a teach-in on racial tolerance that attracted a standing-room-only crowd of more than 1,200 students, faculty and staff to an auditorium in the student center. But halfway through what was to be a two-hour session in response to the offensive racial stereotypes at the Feb. 15 “Compton Cookout” party, most students walked out in protest.

They then held their own noisy but peaceful rally outside the building. Administrators may have thought the teach-in “would make us quiet,” said Fnann Keflezighi, vice chairman of the Black Student Union. But she said minority students don’t believe that UC San Diego will take significant steps to make them feel more comfortable on campus and increase their numbers.

The controversial party, she and others contended, was just the spark that ignited new activism about long-simmering issues at the university. Many wore special black and white T-shirts that proclaimed: “Real Pain, Real Action, 1.3%” — a reference to the percentage of African Americans among the campus’ undergraduates, thought to be the lowest in the UC system.


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5 responses to “Kudos to Students Who Walked Out of the UC San Diego “Teach-in”

  1. Montana

    You real can’t take these uneducated UCSD white trailer trash anywhere. This is what happens when more than one of these guys puts their minds together.

    Oh, where exactly was a speech going on? Thats right, no where, but keep plucking that chicken.

    Or as carri said “It’s a plot by the fundamentalist rightwing party of tyranny called Republicans. They foment hate, they sneer, they make excuses for their behavior and blame everyone else. They advocate the supremacy of their America – a lily-white America. They are scared and frightened becuase (gasp) a black man has been elected to the White House. They are losing conrol and like cornered animals, they are lashing out. This is the national leadership from whom these studants take their cues.”

  2. Malcolm X

    I certainly commend the students on their call for action. However, we`re naive if we think any serious repercutions will take place. This incident was nothing more than a racist act, at a racist university, in a racist country that is known as “AMERICA”. America`s institutions is born out of racism so these acts don`t surprise me the least bit.

    I find it very ironic that these type of acts seem to have increased since The Obama Presidency. As an African, who has been victimized by Americanism, I certainly don`t condone these vile acts, but on the other hand I find it very telling. I say this because sooner or later Obama will be forced to deal with the race issue in a very sincere, serious, manner.

    We all know he wants to play the race-neutral game as his policies and speech bear witness. However, I predict the race issue will continue to haunt his presidency whether he likes it or not. And not just from white racists but also from Blacks who are becoming more and more disgruntle with him now that they realize that we are not a priority.

    I challenge anyone to point to any indication that this will change anytime in the forseeable future. Bailing out the banks, wall street and big business does not benefit us. Nor does giving $100 mil. dollars to HBCU benefit the masses of our people. I dare to say that is nothing more than a token handout to pacify us at the very least. While the contribution to HBCU is helpful to those universities it doesn`t begin to address our needs in The Black community.

    I didn`t watch Obama`s State Of The Union address last month and it was certainly intentional. But from what I heard from those who did watch there was not one mention of the poor in his address. Now this is coming from a Black President,who The Black community considered, very foolishly, to be The Messiah who was going to address and cure all our needs.

    But if one looks at it honestly Obama is nothing more than a tool of “THE POWER STRUCTURE” who was strategically put in place to deceive the masses. I ask you to consider his foreign and domestic policies. Has there been any FUNDAMENTAL change since Bush? Another 30,000 troops sent to Afghanistan to continue the occupation, no legislation dealing with the poor, duh, sounds like The Bush Administration to me.

    Total, unconditional, support for The Israelis as they continue their illegal occupation of the land belonging to The Palestinians, no nuclear capability for any dark nation, refusal to allow any dark nation to control their own natural resources, duh, sounds like The Bush Administration to me.

    I was totally in the dark concerning this incident at UC San Diego because I don`t watch The white, contolled, racist, propaganda, American news media. CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, HLN, to me, are like the plague that I avoid at all cost. As a Black man, I can honestly say The Power Structure has “their” man in The White House whom I have NO respect for. I wonder if Obama has even addressed this situation at UC San Diego. As he`s already tipped his hand it`s probably another great opportunity for “THE GREAT BEER SUMMIT”.

    Peace, in the spirit of my “HERO”, Brother Malcolm X….gone but not forgotten.

  3. Obama like the rest of us is one human being. He’s not the black Messiah. What I think we ask Black people need to do is work more on community building and working together. People act like Obama is supposed to right every wrong. That’s not the job he ran for. His current job description is very, very clear and has been for hundreds of years. Black people need to re-focus and unify. We are not all the same, so there will be differences, but it’s about the common good. If not, nothing will get done. We will all be too busy fighting and picking out each other’s flaws while our collective situation worsens.

  4. Benito Juarez

    I will tell you what I have seen these last few days, I saw people from different backgrounds, my children, my brothers and sisters come together in solidarity, and got the message heard.

    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 brother.

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

    God bless all my brothers and sister that stood side by side with our brothers and sisters in need, when you saw a wrong you tried to correct it, you may argue the methods but not the reasons. I know God will not discriminate by country of origin, our sex, our orientation, color of our skin, or our religion as men do.

  5. Montana

    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 are young and dumb. Are you surprise at what they do when you know what they think? Of course it could be an off-campus dullard who listens to Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush and Savage and the rest of the Blowhards.

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