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Nadra Kareem Nittle

“Compton Cookout” Party at UCSD Ignites Racial Firestorm

By February 20, 2010

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The University of California at San Diego is still feeling the aftermath of an off-campus party organized by students dubbed the "Compton Cookout" in which racial stereotypes of blacks were used in flyers and a Facebook invitation. According to the Los Angeles Times, "the invitation included references to 'dat Purple Drank,' an apparent mix of 'sugar, water, and the color purple, chicken, coolade, and of course Watermelon.' Party organizers aimed to have a "ghetto" theme Feb. 15 poking fun of Compton, a community near Los Angeles made famous by rappers and films about urban blacks.

When word spread around campus about the party, black students were outraged, as were administrators who worry that prospective students of color may decide not to apply to UCSD because of the incident. Presently, fewer than 2% of UCSD students are black.

"I'm most touched by the fact that students who personally felt stereotyped are hurting," UCSD Vice Chancellor Penny Rue told NBC San Diego.

Imagine how you would feel if you were an African American student who rose from the ranks of a place such as Compton, only to have white classmates stereotype you as being "ghetto." And ghetto in these situations always means tacky, boorish, classless, ignorant and laughable, not to mention a drain on the system or the single parent of multiple children from multiple mates. The Los Angeles Times posted verbatim what women attending the party were told to wear and how to act. I'm choosing not to re-post the hatred it contained on the Race Relations site.

In short, those who planned the party took the worst stereotypes of African Americans and threw them in the face of black students who embody exactly the opposite. Making it into an institution such as UCSD requires intelligence, talent and hard work, but "ghetto" parties are more interested in showcasing blacks who fit stereotypes such as gold chain-wearing pimp or welfare queen. It's unfortunate that no one had the foresight to see how planning such a party would be a slap in the face to the small number of African American students at UCSD. Being part of a community is a huge part of college life. It's hard to feel like you belong when you're a minority, however, and even harder when you discover that students from the majority culture view you in terms of ">racist caricatures.

"It's not cool," black UCSD junior Theresa Richards said of the party. "It's disheartening and it's hurtful, and I'm appalled that we're having to talk about it in this day and age."

Tensions over the incident heightened Feb. 18 when a student-run television station used racial epithets to defend the off-campus party, the Times reported.

The clip was "very racially offensive," Rue told the paper. How much sense does it make to organize a party others consider to be racist and then defend the decision to have the party by invoking racist slurs? That alone rules out any argument that this is a freedom of speech issue and that black students on campus are simply too sensitive.

The good news about the incident is that it may lead to more discussions about race and racism at the university and inspire UCSD to take a more proactive stance in promoting diversity. Rue told the Times that officials have already agreed to student demands calling for a task force aimed at boosting African American faculty hiring and addressing under-representation of black students on campus. Moreover, NBC San Diego reports that school officials are looking for ways to hold the hosts accountable and are planning a series of campus teaching moments, including a "Not in Our Community" campaign. In addition, fraternity members involved in the party have been suspended by their organizations, the Times reports.

Hopefully, UCSD does all it can to discipline the students involved. Such parties have been going on at various universities for years, and, for whatever reason, students just aren't getting the message that these events are offensive and decidedly unfunny.

I second the remarks of California Assemblyman Isadore Hall III, whose 52nd district includes Compton, about the incident.

"I don't want these organizations to merely apologize for their actions, I want names," he said. "I want these individuals and these organizations to understand that this racist and sexist behavior will not be tolerated here in California."


February 20, 2010 at 7:44 pm
(1) UC Student says:

“I don’t want these organizations to merely apologize for their actions, I want names,” he said. “I want these individuals and these organizations to understand that this racist and sexist behavior will not be tolerated here in California.”

So what exactly do you want from this? To ban them from California? I’m not sure what sort of actions can be done to prevent racist words considering we do have the 1st amendment.

Racism is going to exist forever. Everyone is a closet racist. There’s no real solution.

February 20, 2010 at 8:13 pm
(2) laura says:

I think getting names is appropriate. That way, when they try to find a job or apply to grad school. The employer/admissions committee will be aware what they may contribute to the workplace/ campus.

February 20, 2010 at 8:19 pm
(3) UC Student says:

So you want to punish them for trying to host a party?

The description/event was clearly in poor taste and offended people, but I don’t think meant it in any malicious manner. They will have learned from this, to be more careful. But I don’t think they should be subject to such blacklisting. The intent was not harmful. But it hurt people. And I think everyone needs to realize how hurtful words can be to people, and increase awareness about such situations.

Who are you to judge them and say their lives should be ruined?

“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

Everyone has made mistakes such as these, but because their mistake is publicized through the media/internet, they should suffer more than others?

February 20, 2010 at 8:38 pm
(4) UCSD Alumni says:

Well this is what the campus gets; when I was a student there, there was a big uproar about getting rid of Affirmative Action, and the Right Wingers finally got what they want. Now, when I travel to campus, all I see is White and Asian faces, hardly any Black. They should never have gotten rid of Affirmative Action. Listen; if it’s a PUBLIC SCHOOL, run and funded by the PUBLIC, then it should be representative of the PUBLIC. Government has the right to regulate itself, not private industry. That means, if Black taxpayers are paying for it, then Blacks should be guaranteed a certain percentage of admission to the school. Okay?

February 20, 2010 at 8:49 pm
(5) UCStuDent says:

We should all refute and condemn the UCSD facebook page, no one should agree with them. With that said we should all refute and condemn the website kkk.comm correct? You may have quickly said “duh”. Also, you may have quickly pointed out UCSD is in no way comparable to the KKK, which is in fact very true. OR some, similar to UCSD’s own Sociology professor Ivan Evans think, “it had all the elements of ku klux klan like intentions”~News 5 San Diego, video report. Frat boys getting drunk and acting in a racist manner does not ensure racial hatred. Naivety is the word, just drunk stupid frat boys who do deserve some form of appropriate punishment for stereotyping. UCSD is not a racist school, in fact it’s mostly Asian students. Admission is not principled by affirmative action and is based mostly off GPA and test scores, hence all the studious hard working Asians (what they are). Now I get to graduate as a labeled racist white male from a fraternity where I am the minority. In my own house off campus near UCSD I am the minority, the majority of the time. Now the people who were defending themselves for being stereotyped have created a stereotype for other’s at UCSD. So can we call it square now and leave it alone? Deal with the litigation aspects of what was done, but stop creating such a media hoopla so some of us can live our lives as students.

To UCSD Alumni: If your saying people who pay for it are entitled to certain percentages of admissions, check out the 08 CA Census bureau reporting 76.6% of CA residents as white. That is an inappropriate claim for ANY race.

February 20, 2010 at 9:28 pm
(6) UCSD Alumni says:

76.6 %…that seems hard to believe. I thought that the Mexican and Hispanic population was at least equal to, if not greater than, the White percentage. Back when I went to UCSD in the ’80′s, the Black population was low, but nothing like as low as now. After Affirmative Action got dumped, the Black population at UCSD dropped. Now you can infer what you want from this and say what you want, but for me this means UCSD admissions staff probably has a bias against Blacks, otherwise, this frat thing would never have gotten so far as it did. As for me, am a White male, and know a handful of people in the Acholi/Ugandan community here in SD. Just about every Acholi person I met is either a bio-engineer, or engineer, or gifted in some or other science. So no one can tell me there aren’t Blacks right here in SD who are qualified to enter UCSD. I meet high-aptitude Blacks all the time. And in the sciences too. So how come we don’t see them at UCSD? I’ll tell you why; because the elites that run this country are selling this country out to China, that’s why. China is being set up to be the next world power, in partnership with the West. And the West and China are ramping up to exploit Africa’s resources. That’s why Obama is President; so that the US can have it’s trump card over China in Africa. (China’s card is “business is just business, no strings attached like transparency in governance, etc.) Obama is our key to getting AFRICOM accepted into Africa. Into this context, you have schools like UCSD that mirror that White/Asian partnership and rivalry for dominance in the world. Meanwhile, Africans and Hispanics get the short end of the stick. It’s all about winners and losers in the coming world order, a racist world order to be sure.

February 20, 2010 at 9:34 pm
(7) cal stevenson says:


February 20, 2010 at 9:43 pm
(8) UCSD Alumni says:


February 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm
(9) Veronica says:

Stereotypes are offensive. I don’t care where they turn up: on TV, in the movies, in songs, in cartoons, in comic strips, from politicians, from political pundits, from comedians, OR frat parties at colleges and universities. It doesn’t matter. Point is, they are offensive and they should be condemned.

February 20, 2010 at 10:26 pm
(10) UCStuDent says:

I was talking about the population of CA not UCSD, no UCSD is not 76% white, and also i am too high and wrote my last line that was supposed to attempt to unify the situation more, but didn’t. that claim is NOT appropriate for any race to claim. And if you say it should represent the public then it should be a higher percentage black correct, but also a higher percentage white, Again based on all of CA http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06000.html this is causing more divide than unity on campus and due to all this now people are fighting over racial debates, rather than the worst confrontation at UCSD; arguing over a spot next to an outlet in the loibrary during finals week,

February 20, 2010 at 10:35 pm
(11) Rhaaz says:

So typical, What a bunch Race-baiters:

All these Race-baiters need to address the fact that this cookout was started by a black man.


I know, I know… that “inconvenient truth” kinda throws a monkey wrench into your already-anemic claims. It’s going to be tough, but if you want the slightest chance of retaining any credibility whatsoever.

February 20, 2010 at 11:22 pm
(12) Les Payne says:

Get their names and PUNISH them …ban them.. burn their houses down!!! Send them to Montana and never let them have a job.

What was that guy talking about with all that new world order china stuff anyway????

I think it was an unfortunate mistake by whomever planned this (white students or this Jones guy). I don’t beleive it was malicious…I don’t believe there is that kind of racism in San Diego. Let it go and carry on.

I don’t see what hiring more Afican American faculty has to do with it. It seems that we live in a society where everyone is so mortified of being labeled a racist; that it creates an atmosphere where such a ludicrous thing like “Black American History MONTH” is a reality.

No really, I could accept a day or even a week …but a MONTH!

Of course now you’ve labeled me a racist….ok but I would humbly plead that I am just a rational thinker.

February 20, 2010 at 11:22 pm
(13) UCSDminority says:

@Rhaaz You’re saying that since a black man started it, it’s ok. So if a Jiggaboo Jones let’s me call him a nigga, it’s ok for me to call ALL black people nigga? Jiggaboo Jones isn’t the king of the blacks, he doesn’t decide what’s racist and what’s not. Just because he promotes negative stereotypes doesn’t mean that everyone else is allowed to do so as well.

February 20, 2010 at 11:54 pm
(14) Arno says:

1. So let’s get this straight, a black DJ from Compton, Jigaboo Jones, starts a party (for “fun” he says) to show white kids what it’s like to be black for a day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGfFSZ2kcRg and I

2. The white kids get blamed by all kinds of groups (NAACP, Nadra Kareem here, Black students at UCSD, etc.), but they don’t say a peep about Jigaboo Jones.

3. The Chancellor of UCSD gives the black students money to promote black inspired campus art, tutoring for black students, etc.

Nice way to start a real race war.


February 21, 2010 at 12:12 am
(15) viewpoint says:

After much time was spent in reading and investigating this uproar, I come to the conclusion that many of the students are once again seeking to take an opportunity to take a private party, scream the race card, and use it to guilt the California College system into demands that are illegal to perform. Shame on this College to be once again dubbed by these students and to even entertain this circus of a show! Step right up folks in this corner we have the NAACP, next it’s Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson. What the race screaming people seem to forget is that those people have a right to have any kind of party that they want and you are infringing on their right!

February 21, 2010 at 1:03 am
(16) Mike says:

You might be interested in finding out more about the 2010 UCSD Black Alumni Reunion: “Kool-Aid ‘n’ Chicken” taking place at The Pub on Feb 26th.

It has since been taken off the UCSD Alumni Association calendar, but before it was, here’s part of what was posted:

8:45 – 11 pm Dancing and Dominoes

Collard greens, macaroni & cheese, roast beef, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, peach cobbler, sweet tea or Kool-Aid, no host bar

February 21, 2010 at 1:04 am
(17) noone says:

I have one question for you. Would you be this upset if they had had a “Redneck Party”?

February 21, 2010 at 1:52 am
(18) Lig says:

Most of the people leaving these comments no nothing about UCSD and have probably never even driven past the campus. This “Jiggaboo Jones” is a liar and simply trying to promote himself. I’m a student at UCSD as well as a Greek aka “frat boy.” Well before the party, I as well as most of the members of the on campus frats received an e-mail from the party planners ( it surely wasn’t this Jiggaboo Jones)describing the party with invitation and all ( most of the language on the invitation was taken from urbandictionary.com). Some of us replied stating that we were not comfortable with this party and believed that it was offensive. We were told to “get over it”, “the party will be epic” and “not to play the race card.” The party planners were frat members not Jiggaboo Jones.

When the crap hit the fan, we received another email from another frat member warning everyone that “this is now serious” and we were instructed to delete all comments, emails and FB pages dedicated to the party because “we are facing serious consequences.”

Everyone spreading this Jiggaboo Jones thing around has no idea what they are talking about. Members of several frats planned this party and that is the truth as I know it. As far as punishment, according to the UCSD student code of conduct, the University is able to discipline students for off campus events, activities and behavior that are against UCSD student policy as well as against state and federal laws. So this whole can’t be punished because it was an off campus event is hogwash. This has gotten much bigger than most people realize, so I expect the punishment to be severe. A few of us spoke up and stated that this party was unwise, but the others chose not to listen, now they have to deal with the consequences.

February 21, 2010 at 6:43 am
(19) Dan says:

“Obama is our key to getting AFRICOM accepted into Africa. Into this context, you have schools like UCSD that mirror that White/Asian partnership and rivalry for dominance in the world. Meanwhile, Africans and Hispanics get the short end of the stick. It’s all about winners and losers in the coming world order, a racist world order to be sure.”

It couldn’t possibly be that maybe Asians study harder than Blacks and Hispanics, now could it? And does this conspiracy also give Asians much better grades than Hispanics and Blacks in high school as well?

February 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm
(20) UCSDminority2 says:

There are many minorities at UCSD. Im sorry if some feel segregated and hurt by the recent events here on our campus. I think that this party was a huge screw up, in poor taste, very stupid, etc, etc.

But here is my main issue with everything that has gone on in the aftermath….

This party was arranged and attended by less than 0.5% of our student population and now our ENTIRE CAMPUS is on some kind of crazy ALERT. No fight broke out at the party, it was a civil gathering regardless of the theme…But now I scared of race riots, of a shooting taking place, etc, etc. All because of this one event that should have gotten reprimanded behind closed doors and that’s it!

The media and the news and the gatherings give these few stupid indivudials TOO MUCH POWER. Think! If they really intended on being racist, don’t you think everyone of them is smirking right now over the chaos that has ensued since?? I don’t understand why so many individuals are so emotionally charged right now, it seems as though they all have years of frustration pent up inside them that is being taken out on this event UNNECESSARILY.

Can we please let this go, and move of as a mature, progressive society? Why do we descend to the level of immaturity that created this problem in the first place? I say we stop giving these few stupid, immature kids this power and move on. No one was physically hurt by this and please lets not create unnecessary pain and suffering….

February 21, 2010 at 9:43 pm
(21) Eyes Open says:

@Dan. No, it’s not that Asians whites simply study harder. It’s that Hispanics/African Americans experience institutionalized racism that leaves them with inadequately funded, poorer quality schools that are aimed at getting them to graduate high school– Not to get them into college. Their schools are underfunded because of legislature that has passed (in CA) to appropriate school funding based on district property tax revenue rather than evenly distributing funding. Parties like the one held only work to degrade/demoralize those who have worked hard past adversity to make it onto the college campus and robs them of the respect they deserve.

February 22, 2010 at 10:56 am
(22) Ms. Allen says:

It is certainly not shocking to realize that racism still exists. What is shocking are the posts that defend these “frat boys.” Why do people refuse to label people that exhibit racist behavior as racist?
Why does America want to continue to pretend that racism doesn’t exist?

One must assume that these
“frat boys” had to meet certain academic standards to be admitted to UCSD; that being said, why are they being depicted as “beer-brained frat boys.” They had to know that African Americans would take offense but they also knew that certain people would defend them.

Also, in repsonse to the post asking if people would take offense to a “redneck” themed party, please do not compare a racial stereotype to a racist system of discrimination that enslaved and opressed a race of people for over 500 years. The oppressor is in no position to determine when it is appropriate to pull the “race card.” African Americans did not make this about race; the frat boys made it about race when they threw a race themed party.

February 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm
(23) love2kruz says:

Wasn’t this event organized by black entertainer Jiggaboo Jones (it’s all over the itnernet)? If this is the case, is it still wrong?

February 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm
(24) tom says:

God bless Jiggaboo Jones. He’s all you need to look at. He loves who he is and wants to turn people on to his way. If a bunch of white students want to learn this way then let them. If people are going to be offended then let them but that’s their choice.
There’s truth in the images of that party. College campuses are full of whiny, sniveling, oversensitive children. They are the real bigots.

February 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm
(25) Osay says:

Always remember when people denigrate , insult or attempt to tear others down, it’s usually because of their many deficiences (namely anatomical). Whites have always tried to tear others down to supplement their confused and warped egos. If they’re so superior why do they have to tan and get implants to boost their deficient anatomies?

February 22, 2010 at 9:06 pm



February 22, 2010 at 9:14 pm
(27) Doris says:

Even if the party were organized by a black student (In the YouTube video, Jiggaboo Jones does not say that he organized the party – he defends the party and says he “stopped in.”) it would still be racist and offensive.

Many minorities suffer from internalized racism, frequently without realizing it.

If someone wanted to have a party that made fun of black people and black sterotypes, what would they have done differently? Nothing.

If these students had no malicious intentions, they need some serious racial sensitivity training.

February 23, 2010 at 11:36 am
(28) Montana says:

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.

February 24, 2010 at 12:20 am
(29) CocoJones says:

They did this at TEXAS TECH in the early 90′s. It so good to see that the more things change the more they stay exactly the same.

February 24, 2010 at 10:37 am
(30) Carri says:

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.

February 24, 2010 at 6:58 pm
(31) Montana says:

Carri: Wow, I can only say that you are right on target. Cheers!

February 25, 2010 at 12:36 pm
(32) Benito Juarez says:

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.

February 25, 2010 at 2:03 pm
(33) terrance sampiano says:

great idea..
from now on.. no one can say, do or think anything that anyone else might find offensive..
thats the american way..right..?

its not a question of a black skin or a white skin.. its a question of a THIN SKIN, and a attitude that entitles one group to tell others what they can say or joke about.

February 25, 2010 at 5:37 pm
(34) Allen says:

What I’d like to see is a “Kike celebration” a “Camel Jockey” night, an “Islamic Terror Ball”! “Grease Ball Whop” night, a “Chink” night a “Wet Back” celebration, and particularly a “Radiated Jap” and “Jewish Gassing and Oven Bake Night”!!!

Stereotypical mockery is the highest form of flattery! The more insensitive the mockery, the better! I’m all for fashioning a piñata replicating the World Trade Twin Towers and using Jet Airplanes on a stick to bash them open with candy and other goodies falling to the ground for the kids! This is AMERICA! God bless America…or, even better…. God damn America!!!!!!!!!!!

February 25, 2010 at 10:00 pm
(35) rachel gasca says:

As women of color at the University of San Diego, we are outraged and saddened by the events and actions of the students involved in the “Compton Cookout” from the University of California San Diego. This is not merely a disappointment in the implicated fraternities, but also in any other persons who planned or attended this event. To those students who were affected by this disgusting display of racism, know that members of the USD community support you. An injustice to one is an injustice to all.

Incidents like this confirm that the legacy of American colonialism still pervades our everyday lives. White supremacy and heteronormativity, built on the backs of people of color and low-wage labor, are the standards by which social structures are constituted and passed down to the next generation. The party that was meant to be a lighthearted event parallels 20th-century lynching parties where throngs of people would congregate to lynch one or more African-Americans and then proceed to feast and BBQ.

It is a mockery, an attraction created for the socially and politically protected so that poverty and racism are no longer real and viable issues; instead they have become themes for parties of the privileged. This heinous disregard for the plight of people living in impoverished communities justifies their continued dehumanization. The students who took part, whether they organized or attended this racist, heterosexist, classist party, must be held accountable for their actions and make a public apology for this inexcusable gathering. We call for this to be an educational moment on the themes of self-definition and community self-determination because, in the words of Malcolm X, “Without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world.” We stand in solidarity with UCSD’s Black Student Union and support its important demands.






February 26, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(36) Lobo says:

This is great that there is protest. I would have been nice if the students and the media showed the same fervor when there was an anti-Mexican party at UCSD. It would also be nice if we get rid of the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins and black/latino players boycott playing for those teams.

February 26, 2010 at 8:24 pm
(37) GetOverItAlready says:

Take a look and get over yourselves already…


February 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm
(38) GetOverIt says:

Here’s another one for you Nadra…


February 27, 2010 at 12:00 am
(39) J. A. MIller says:

Find out the facts before jumping on the Race bandwagon. Sounds like it hit a little close to home for some.


February 27, 2010 at 8:49 am
(40) Voice of Sanity says:

I have long read about the zany beliefs that are indoctrinated to willing students at American universities. I thought it was overhyped, and that students were more resilient than that, but reading the reactions of most of the commenters, I can only shake my head in sadness at the apparent success of the decades of institutionalized brainwashing. I can only hope that the commenters represent a tiny minority of what most students think. You are like a caricature, only it isn’t funny, it’s alarming.

Think and see reality, people, and not what your inner need for protest wants to see. Finally take accountability for yourselves. There is no institutional conspiracy against you.

March 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm
(41) Bob Stauf says:

It is so very sad that fifty years after I graduated from high school as a white Irish Catholic I still read of such horrific situations. Worse is the assertion we can not change anything. Evil exists when good folks do nothing. Shame on the organizers and more shame on the rationalizers !

March 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm
(42) Very Concerned says:

If this event was infact initiated by anyone of color, that makes be sick to my stomach. I do not tollerate people of any race insulting me and I am truly dissappointed that a person of color (if that is true) believes that it is ok to allow others to participate in an event that clearly was intended to celebrate the unfortunte but in some cases true stereotypes of people of color. If this person is using those unflatering stereotypes to promote his DVD that makes him even more disgusting. It is people like that who make others believe that it is ok to participate in racism (even on a small scale).

The students at UCSD should be concentrating on education, unity, tollerance and acceptance of all cultures. Someone has to be responsible for making sure that this type of behavior is not solicited on or off campus.

March 7, 2010 at 12:59 am
(43) Cedrick says:


March 7, 2010 at 4:06 am
(44) Chelsea says:

Culture and class are two things often left out of the discussion.

Class: I agree that many areas with poorer quality education often exist in areas predominantly inhabited by Hispanics and African Americans. However, I don’t think this is a clear race issue, but partly a class issue. Other ethnicities (Caucasian, Asian, etc.) that live in these same areas probably have a low rate of college attendance as well. It’s the fact that people who live in poorer neighborhoods probably don’t have the financial means, emotional support, etc. (because of factors like parents working so much) that really influences college attendance rates. Additionally, African American and Hispanic youth who come from more affluent families are more likely to attend college because they have access to these privileges. So don’t applaud minorities who make it to college; applaud students of any ethnicity who were able to do so despite financial/other obstacles coming from a poorer neighborhood.

Culture: Culture and (family) values aren’t considered enough either. I cannot speak for any culture but that of the Chinese culture. Success through education and hard work are mentalities that many Asian American families embrace, and at the end of the day, it really matters what you/your family values. If you/your family puts a lot of emphasis on education and attending college, and have the means to support you financially and emotionally (the class aspect), that’s a significant factor in whether or not you’ll attend.

I lived in an area that was predominantly Hispanic and African American, yet many of the students who went on to four year colleges were Asians, despite being the ethnic minority. I personally believe that this is just because many Asian Americans place a lot of importance on going to four-year universities. Many of my Hispanic friends didn’t place the same level of importance I did on grades/4 year universities, and thus chose to attend community colleges. They weren’t less motivated/smart/able in any way, it was just a difference in values. Despite poorer quality educational systems (mine included), there will always be a top percentage. And if you belong to the top percentage of the student population, I generally believe college is within your grasp. So these arguments of purely racists institutional disadvantages minorities face may be part of the problem, but definitely not all of it.

March 14, 2010 at 9:00 pm
(45) Workin' in Compton says:

Let me get this right, Assemblyman Hall wants names because “I want these individuals and these organizations to understand that this racist and sexist behavior will not be tolerated here in California.” Here is a city (Compton) that is no longer an African American Majority (70% Latino and 30% African American) yet sits with 5 African American city council members, and 7 School Board Members. Not one Latino or any other race. Is there any wonder why the schools sit at the bottom of the state. There is no accountability at any level not is their equal representation. This school district is so bad that 80% fail to graduate. Latinos are not represented in any manner and as such, no support is provide. You want names for prejudicial behaviors, look in the mirror, your own city council and school boards and who and what you represent!

March 19, 2010 at 1:45 am
(46) Jim G. says:

Revolution against constitutional terrorist is our only cure to fix the false allegations and race baiting pushed by polititians…..disestablish the government and keep the constitution.

the only way! Because the race baiting leftist will continue this slander against white men until they are gone.

A NON race baiter

April 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm
(47) Juan says:

I think there has been a lot of misunderstanding. However, we cannot justify some of the irresponsibility that has led our university to this point.

April 21, 2010 at 1:20 am
(48) wow says:

do you guys not realize that the whole description of the party is directly copied and pasted from URBAN DICTIONARY.com under compton cookout

October 2, 2010 at 4:05 pm
(49) Marcos says:

I cannot believe this. This is the 21st century and we are still dealing with it.
First of all, this is a matter that should have been taken care of by the UCSD administration before it spread everywhere like wildfire. Second, the media has no business in hyping this up as they only see a money making opportunity to ramp up their ratings.
We must treat these issues to reflect on the current state of our society and not allow the media to make matters even worse.

blueberry bushes for sale

January 29, 2012 at 10:37 am
(50) JB says:

People need to grow a goddam pair of nuts. Too many pansys just walking around looking for a reason to be offended. All this sickening faux outrage.

Idealistic utopian fools have been listening to your braindead profs for too long.

There has always been racism and there always will be. There are racists in every culture. You’re an idiot if you think its gonna go away.

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