Via UC Strike
Students at UCLA walking out of class right now in response.
The head librarian at UCSD has just confirmed rumors that yet another racially-tinged incident has occurred at the Geisel Library. Last night, at about 11:15pm students reported to Libraries staff that someone had put a Ku Klux Klan-like hood on the statue of Dr. Seuss [Theodore Geisel] on the forum level of the Geisel Library. Campus police–who were called and are investigating the incident—promptly removed the hood.
We don’t have pictures of this incident yet but we’ll post them as soon as we get them. -J.F.
[Note: due to the absurdity of the image of Dr. Seuss wearing a KKK hood, some people are wondering whether this is some sort of risqué artist’s statement, given Dr. Seuss’ history of drawing racist propaganda in his early years. For more on that, click HERE. However, as one Professor just noted to me, “it seems anyone in tune enough to know the history of Theodore Geisel or of San Diego as “Klan Diego” would know enough to leave a sign, or something to more clearly articulate the politics behind the act”].