Students Walk Out of UCSD Teach-in


Students reject the forum of a teach-in and demand the university take action

By R. STICKNEY
Updated 4:15 PM PST, Wed, Feb 24, 2010

After more than a week of racial tension at University of California San Diego, students walked out of the teach-in held by college administrators chanting “Whose university? Our university!”

Wednesday’s meeting, scheduled by Chancellor Marye Ann Fox to discuss “the importance of civility on our campus”, was disrupted about an hour in when hundreds of students opted instead to reject the forum and walk out.

Wearing T-shirts “Real Pain Real Action 1.3%” two representatives of the Black Students Union addressed the packed room of students and faculty suggesting that a teach-in would not “restore the community.”

The UCSD administration is at fault for the fear, discomfort alienation and anger being experienced by students on this campus and the Chancellor and Vice Chancellors must hold themselves accountable, the Black Student Union representative said.

UCSD Black Student Union Speech

UCSD Black Student Union Speech

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UCSD Black Student Union Speech

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“As we continue to meet with the UC San Diego Black Student Union and leaders with San Diego’s African-American community, we are committed to working together to keep our students safe and to discuss and address the issues on our campus so that we can heal and rebuild,'” Fox said in a release Tuesday.

From the notorious Compton Cookout, to Koala’s provocative backlash and a scheduled Compton Cookout, Part 2, UCSD seems anything but a welcoming melting pot to many students.

It started with an off-campus, ghetto-themed party over the Feb. 13-14 weekend hosted by members of more than one fraternity, to mock Black History Month.

The event was defended on a student-television show by members of Koala, where one student used the ‘N-word’ to describe critics of the Cookout.

The Koala is one of 33 student-run media groups whose funding has been suspended by the Associated Students’ leadership since the controversial telecast.

On Tuesday, medical and graduate students marched to the steps leading up the chancellor’s office.

Leaders of the fraternities involved in the Compton Cookout have issued apologies.

The UCSD Chancellor has condemned the Cookout event and the “blatant disregard of our campus values” while pointing out that the event had no official university ties.

Faculty and staff have also launched a campus wide campaign, complete with buttons and posters, titled “Racism: Not in Our Community.”

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UCSD to Investigate Controversial TV Segment (video)
UCSD Students Angry Over N-Word (video)
‘Compton Cookout’ Flares Into Political Fireball
‘Compton Cookout’ Creates Campus Uproar
Outrage at UCSD Over ‘Compton Cookout’

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2 responses to “Students Walk Out of UCSD Teach-in

  1. 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.

  2. Did anyone read Michael Stetz’s column today? The one about his interview over a beer with Kris (“F*ck ‘em if they can’t take a joke!”) Gregorian? Stetz actually had a huge opportunity to say something insightful, something powerful. Something. I’m glad he told us a little bit about Gregorian who is clearly just another shock jock in the vein of Howard Stern. I knew a guy like that in college. Twisted. But then Stetz’s final sentence sums it up: “No comment.” Our Attorney General (Eric Holder Jr.) was right, “We are a nation of cowards” (when it comes to the issue of race).

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