Alec Weisman, Editor-in-Chief, with assistance from the California Review Editorial Board
*** RACIAL CONFLICT SPREADS AS A NOOSE IS DISCOVERED IN GEISEL.
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If you have more information on this, please let us know. This is absolutely despicable and those who perpetrated this should be punished.
I won’t make any assumptions about who the perpetrators are. I just wonder: cui bono?
UPDATE: POLICE CRIME ALERT BULLETIN (9:25 am 2/26/10)
UPDATE: A female student has turned herself in. Since they know the gender of the student, they almost certainly know her ethnicity as well… and if she’s white, that would have been excellent news fodder. Therefore, we tentatively conclude she’s nonwhite, but we’re waiting for more precise information.
Also, a group of students apparently “peacefully” occupied the Chancellor’s office today and asked for all the BSU’s demands to be immediately accepted. Never mind the fact that many of those demands oppose Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream.
We at the California Review sincerely hope this incident will not prove to be a Reichstag fire that paves the way for weaker academic standards and institutionalized racial favoritism.
UPDATE: A second noose has apparently been discovered on the Bear Statue in Warren (3:35pm 2/26/10). We can now safely conclude this is an organized operation, and there is every reason to believe leftists are at the helm. Let’s stop these thugs from corrupting our school.
Our feed of Thursday’s media forum currently contains only the first ten minutes for some unknown reason. We will update with the full video over the weekend for all of you who could not attend the meeting.
UPDATE: VIEW THE STREAM FROM LAST NIGHT HERE (9:40am 2/26/10): http://www.ustream.tv/discovery/recorded/all?broadcast=3162001
We will probably be on hiatus for much of the weekend because I do not know if I will have access to a computer to continue research and work.
Also, the Saltman Quarterly, which abdicated their First Amendment rights at the AS meeting on Wednesday, just so happens to be “sponsored by the Division of Biological Sciences, with advisors in the Biology Dean’s Office.” So they don’t get their funding from the Associated Students at all, and they just wanted to take a free shot at the Koala.
Finally, I leave you with this Letter to the Editor I received from an individual who asked to remain anonymous.
“The Man” Is Getting All of Us Down
So I would like to begin this with a disclaimer. I am in no way connected to the Greek community at UCSD nor do I ever plan to be. In all honesty I am basically 100% opposed to the Greek system over all. Also I am not a crazy conservative, I do not subscribe to any specific belief system be it political or religious. I simple create my own opinion based on what I observe around me.
The significance of the “Compton Cookout” has been blown way out of proportion. The so-called racist event was a harmless party made by a bunch of ignorant white people, no offense. The event was clearly offensive however it was definitely not racially charged. The reference to Black History month was clearly inappropriate and I am positive that all of them will admit this. However this was clearly not a KKK meeting nor was anything of the sort. It was just another excuse for a bunch of bored college students to dress up congregate and get drunk out of their minds.
The administration of UCSD felt the need to comment and condemn the even just in case it could some how possibly be blamed for the event. The e-mail that all of the students and faculty received from Chancellor Mary Anne Fox condemning the incident was unnecessary. The only reason that I can possibly think that the Fox sent us an e-mail is because she was afraid that there would be a racial backlash. However most students had no idea that the event even existed. People were not given very much information about the event in the e-mail that she sent so many people became mad with out knowing all the facts. Others became angered because they feared that if they were not against the “Compton Cookout” that they too would be labeled as racists. Maybe Fox knew this would be a possible out come, and maybe she didn’t, but it does not change the fact that before her e-mail the issue was relatively contained and taken care of.
Somehow the media took a liking to this incident and made this small mistake by a bunch of people just trying to have a good time into a statewide racial crisis. If I have learned anything at UCSD it is that race does not matter. Although only 1.3% of UCSD’s students identify as African-American it does not change the fact that that 1.3% of students is just as likely to score better than me on the midterm as the other 98.7% of students. Also I have learned that the students at UCSD really do not care very much about anything else other than scoring better than their peers on the exams. When the tuition, and fees were raised and all of the other UC schools were protesting in mass and making sure that their voices were heard what was UCSD doing? They wrote their grievances in chalk on the sidewalk on their way to the library. There were several other attempts to protest but the vast majority of students (enough so that I can say roughly all of the students) did not participate in any form of protest. The “Compton Cookout” is also not that big of a deal to the vast majority of students. Some still really do not even know exactly what happened to cause such an issue.
So today when I was walking back from my morning classes I was shocked to see what looked like hundreds of students marching and chanting “We’re fired up, We cant take it anymore.” As I was watching the spectacle I realized that today was the “Teach In” that was organized to solve the “racial tension” at UCSD. I was also informed that many of the people that were marching were bussed in from other schools such as UCLA and USC. Suddenly it all began to make sense. While I am sure that there were UCSD students among the masses, I am equally sure that they make up only about half (a generous estimate) of the people that were marching. I would love to be proved wrong here so if you know more than I do please fill me in. In all honesty this was the largest gathering of people I have ever seen on campus at UCSD since Ellen had a special event in Price Center to get tickets to her show. This makes me think that the real race problem is not at UCSD; rather it is at UCLA and USC because these students felt the need to skip a day of class and organize buses and rides to get down to San Diego form Los Angeles. In conclusion I feel that the administration and the media created this statewide incident. People want to the school to discipline the creators of the “Compton Cookout” however they forget that this event was not related to the school nor was it related to any of the Greek life, nor the PIKE fraternity. I believe that it says something about the media and the administration that they created such a racially charged incident over the poor choices of maybe ten individuals at most. The man, or the media and the administration have labeled UCSD, one of the most peaceful and laid back college campuses that I have ever stepped foot on, as a racist community. Also I feel that had the “Compton Cookout” been created by members of a predominately Asian-American fraternity none of this would have happened. What this says to me is that a bunch of ignorant white people running the media and the administration of this campus (Fox), that will from here on out be known as The Man, felt the need to cover their asses and condemn the event out of fear; because God forbid that in some way someone might think that they supported the event. Also The Man had no reason to comment on the private party in the first place.
It saddens me that people must act out of fear of being labeled racist. Also in reflection today I am curious as to why Chancellor Fox did not issue apologies for the following things that actually did happen on campus:
-The man handing out blatantly anti-Islam flyers during Islamic awareness week on library walk
-The man telling everyone and their mother that they are going to hell because they are not Christians
Chancellor I am expecting to see apologies to the Islamic community, as well as to basically every other religious minority group including the atheists first thing tomorrow morning. I wonder why race gets so much more press over things that were not intentionally hateful compared to people who blatantly preach religious intolerance and hatred on school campus. If there is a reason why race and religion are different issues I would very much like to hear what it is. Chancellor I challenge you to change it from “Racial Intolerance: Not in our Community” to “Intolerance: Not in our Community” or “Racial and Religious Intolerance: Not in our Community” either of these would be more fitting and make you and this movement seem less hypocritical.