Rumors of KKK Mask found at UCSD confirmed


Via UC Strike

Students at UCLA walking out of class right now in response.

Stop Racism UCSD: Tuesday Update: Ku Klux Klan-like hood found on the statue of Theodore Geisel at the UCSD Library

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”].

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10 responses to “Rumors of KKK Mask found at UCSD confirmed

  1. We still haven’t resolved the noose incident. Why won’t UCSD admin release the young woman’s id/ethnicity?

  2. Chancellor just needs to throw some FTE at the demands and wait out for the sad attempts of instigation to die down. This time next year, no one will care anymore. UCSD is one of the more apathetic campuses in the UC system as far as activist percentage within the student body. The Administration can wait it out longer than students, because students are trying to graduate.

  3. The noose in the library WAS by someone who identified themselves as a “person of color”.
    I suspect this was done by a black student as a way of accusing the UC school of racism.

  4. no leadership from UCOP on this

    no answers from them on some basic facts and updates on facts at UCSD , Irvine, Davis, Berkeley

    yet, they get paid the really big $

    Leadership=epic fail at UC

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  7. Benito Juarez

    Racism begins with our families, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents, people we admire, respect and love.

    However, as we grow and mature we come to the realization that what we were told by our family when we were children were slanted lies base on their prejudices. We realize that most people are like ourselves and not so different and want the same things, like a home, steady work, a Medicare plan and schools for our children (if you travel you will see this). We realize that most people are of good hearts and goodwill.

    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 fellow man.

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

    This current climate of blaming, mocking or demeaning others for our own short comings, is not new, we have had this before and we have conquered it.

    Remember “Evil flourishes when good men (and women) do nothing”. Raise your voices with those of us who believe we are equal and we can win this battle again.

  8. does anyone find it ironic that dr. suess had a rose placed in his hands and the following day someone was handing roses out on library walk?

    what could the message of a rose be?

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