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Racist frat boys will be racist frat boys ... on Facebook

I feel a little sorry for the UC San Diego frat boys who last weekend thought it would be funny to throw a little bash they dubbed the "Compton Cookout." Apparently, members of Pi Kappa Alpha corralled a couple of hundred socially tone-deaf friends to celebrate Black History Month by pantomiming ghetto life and the black underclass. Now they're taking a drubbing on television, in newspapers and, of course, in the blogosphere. Poor things. Their beer-addled brains probably don't even know what all the fuss is about.

Here's the dress code for the party, according to the invite:

For girls: For those of you who are unfamiliar with ghetto chicks-Ghetto chicks usually have gold teeth, start fights and drama, and wear cheap clothes - they consider Baby Phat to be high class and expensive couture. They also have short, nappy hair, and usually wear cheap weave, usually in bad colors, such as purple or bright red.

They look and act similar to Shenaynay, and speak very loudly, while rolling their neck, and waving their finger in your face. Ghetto chicks have a very limited vocabulary, and attempt to make up for it, by forming new words, such as "constipulated", or simply cursing persistently, or using other types of vulgarities, and making noises, such as "hmmg!", or smacking their lips, and making other angry noises, grunts, and faces.

The objective is for all you lovely ladies to look, act, and essentially take on these "respectable" qualities throughout the day.

This whole incident might have fallen into the category of frat boys behaving like frat boys if they hadn't made one teensy mistake: posting the event on Facebook. The organizers probably didn't envision the details of their gig ever reaching civil rights groups, the Los Angeles Urban League, Craigslist and even Essence Magazine, which posted an item on its website. The organizer has taken down his profile page, but it's cached. In 5 minutes you can tell not only what his hobbies are (golf) but also where he's from.

Meanwhile, UCSD is scrambling to distance itself from the party, reminding everyone that it was not sanctioned by the university, whose principles "reject acts of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion and political beliefs," height, weight, hair length, food preferences and musical taste.

But it's got to be a drag to be a student there if you're not part of the 98% nonblack population. Personally, I think that 2% needs to transfer the hell out of there immediately. Take my advice, kids, find a school where your classmates aren't prancing around in black-face and asking you dumb questions like whether your skin tans. They're out there.

-- Lisa Richardson

 

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R U Joking?!

"UCSD...principles "reject acts of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion and political beliefs,"

Unless such discrimination is directed at white males & called affirmative action, in which case UCSD & the LA Times support it. Can't have it both ways.

And if the Wayans brothers decide to mock white girls in a film , by dressing as such complete with white makeup, that's just good clean family fun, per PC double standards. While whites in black makeup at a private party are bad. That's a commercial film, mind you, made for profit, distributed nationally & immortalized on video forever. Not a joke of an off campus college party, yet which gets worse press?

Streets are named after this stuff, & they are called One Way.

Sambo

I think that this is funny. why do they have to be "politically correct" in college? they will have time enough to follow the views of the world, let them have their fun, it's not like it was "rodney King" day!

Tiff

I hate to say this, but we black people really have to be more cognizant of how we allow ourselves to be portrayed. Think about what you see on BET, MTV, and all of the reality shows. We forget that there are still these homogenous racial enclaves where these are the only images of blacks that they ever see. We can't get too pissed when someone starts copying what some of us do. What the frat did was wrong, but there has to be some accountability on our end. Plus, they obviously have not been to Compton recently. If they had, they would know that the "NWA Straight Outta Compton" days are over.
Sha Nay Nay is so 90's and no one wears Baby Phat anymore. I don't know what is sadder--that the party theme was racist or outdated?

PW

Stereotypes do not come out of thin air. The fact is there exist girls that are exactly as described in the invite. To ignore their existence is a shame.

EJ

Let me start by saying that I in no way condone the acts of these students and I understand how such actions are offensive to some. However, while their actions may have been tasteless and demonstrated a total lack of good judgment, calling them “racist” is beyond harsh.

So I ask, how does calling all of these individuals racist help? How does it fix the problem? It doesn't address the issue of why they felt it would be appropriate to throw such a function. In fact calling these students "Racists" does nothing, but perpetuate the problem. Now you have not only stigmatized/stereotyped the students that threw the party, but have also labeled as “Racist” a number of people who had nothing to do with the event.

“Racist frat boys will be racist frat boys…” does this include the Asian-American and African-American Greek letter organizations whose members affirmatively discriminate in their new member recruitment process, or are we just focusing on those that are historically white origins? Yes, your right these individuals should have thought a little harder and longer about the consequences of their actions, but maybe “racist” isn’t the right word… how about “dumb frat boys will be dumb frat boys.”

Finally, before I am faced to endure the full onslaught of your wrath; I would like to point out that as an Alumnus and member of UCSD’s 2% black population, the UCSD Greek system is one of the most diverse, compassionate, caring, and socially conscious group of individuals will find anywhere.

Anon

My favorite thing bout this article is if you type ghetto chick into urbandictionary.com you get the exact description of the girls attire, these "frat boys" good call calling a group of students frat boys, aren't even clever enough to come up with an original party description.

Tiff

Sorry, but racist is exactly the word. I don't think that's harsh, just accurate. However, I do agree that many of the minority frats can be racist as well. Imagine the fun I had trying to pledge a black sorority while I had a hispanic boyfriend. They didn't like that very much.

Ana

I am a student at UCSD and I can attest to how the campus climate is one that has been and continues to be unfriendly towards students of color. Whether it be that horrible Koala newspaper funded by AS making a mockery of the Haiti earthquake by using the n-word, or by refusing to fund yield programs to target students of color to come to UCSD, to the administration fighting against making a mural portraying Chian@ history permanent to refusing to return Kumeyaay remains, it is happening in what many ignorantly call a "post-racial" society. This is not a case of "it's a joke, ha ha ha" it is a serious matter. This action undermines the struggle of people of color and makes a mockery of the lived reality of racism that continues to prevail. It also has served to degrade and dehumanize the black community, of which I stand in solidarity with.

The 'theme party' was presented in a such a way that echoes the racist blackface minstrel shows conducted by whites to poke fun of black culture and of the caricatures that portrayed blacks in a negative racist manner throughout slavery and the Jim Crow era. This transcends the supposed "black culture" seen on tv and reality shows, this goes back to the times where the portrayal of blacks derived from racist perspectives.

In addition, if you wish to argue against the gravity of the matter, you are being ignorant. You cannot claim reverse racism or double-standard because this history is much more violent than that against whites (though my intent is not to undermine that racialized history). Does the portrayal of whites through the Wayans serve as violence against whites?? Truly think about this. And if you want to talk about affirmative action, let us talk about LEGACY SPOTS, you know, the one that favors whites?!

The only part in which I deviate from Ms. Richardson is that I encourage our community to stand strong here at UCSD. Although we may be the minority we must stand together to pave the way for a better UCSD for students of color to come.

In hope and solidarity,
Ana

sarah

Your information is obviously not accurate because Pi Kappa Alpha did not plan or endorse this party. There may have been individuals within the fraternity that attended and may have planned the event but so did at least 100 other UCSD students, but of course no one is saying their name. This event was not meant to be racist or derogatory towards the African American Community. The description you have above is copy and pasted from urbandictionary.com. So why isn't someone upset at them? Why are white trash, chola/cholo parties, across the border, asian tourist parties all okay but when someone throws a ghetto party there is a huge uproar. There are stereotypes about every group of people, and this has been proven today by calling Pi Kappa Alpha a "white" fraternity when there are members of multiple races. I would say this party was a far cry from being an act of racism and hate towards the African American Community.

Jeff

As far as the description of the black female, I did not see anything that was untrue. The only thing that is untrue is trying to imagine any blacks in college unless they play sports.

andrew nelson

The article is hilarious. Let me get this straight. We have a female thought police editor railing against a bunch of what she assumes is stereotyped "racist frat boys" with stereotyped "beer-addled brains" who looked up a stereotyped "ghetto chick" description in http://www.urbandictionary.com and wanted to make that a theme of a party. It's a joke, right? Or doesn't the female thought police editor know that Pi Kappa Alpha is not a "white" fraternity ? But she had no problem with "Trailer Trash" night, or "Red Neck" night? What gives?

Lo

Do you people (Yes, you people LA times) have any infinitesimal shred of understanding as to what "racism" is?

Notice how that invitation you excerpted never makes any specific reference to African-Americans?

Notice how it's just a list of perceived stereotypes of "ghetto" culture.

In order for you to claim that this party damaged the black community, you first must acknowledge that the black community as a whole behaves in a manner stipulated by the party invite.

In other words, you have to be racist.

Even better, UCSD hired The Game (For all you "less-ghetto" people, he's a famous "gangsta" rapper) for Fallfest '09. If I need to explain to you how it's a little disingenuous for the administration to explicitly condone and endorse a man who's made his career on exploiting those same stereotypes, then turn around and condemn others for exploiting those same stereotypes, you guys are a lot worse off than the Haitians we made fun of last issue.

And yes, as a UCSD student of color, I have been asked if my skin tans. Instead mewling about it like a petulant child though, I just tell them I don't have to wear sun block.

CJ

Where in the description does it mention race? Wouldn't drawing the conclusion that is about a certain race be racist?

G

For the people who claim that the story does not directly mention black people: Had you been privy to what the original facebook invitation said, you would have seen that this party was held "in honor of Black History Month." It is not assumed that the aforementioned description of dress/behavior is of black women, but directly stated.

Steve

This is not journalism and shouldn't be associated with a newspaper. Don't condemn an entire school for the actions of four or five stupid boys.

uly

racist more like just jokes...people take things "to the heart". i bet the newspapers will be talking about toga parties next? or hippie parties? imagine that, 5 students were expelled from after having hippie party claiming they all have long hair, dont shower, smoke week, and dance in the mud...oh and say dude a lot....wake up people...its just fun and game not burning crosses

LM

Well, UCSD is not the greatest school out there. Half decent medical school, not much else.

AR

Lisa!

Why are you always so constipulated? Loosen up, ghetto chick!

Sarah

I'm stunned at the number of people who don't understand why this party was racist. Do the math people. It's Black History Month. A bunch of frat boys decided to "honor" the occasion by doing a parody of one of the less honorable features of urban culture and explicitly linking it to blackness. I live in LA - don't think for a second that urban, violent, ignorant culture is limited to or defined by black people. Or that black people are limited to and defined by this ridiculous parody. Come on people. This party sent the message that black history is meaningless and that there is nothing decent or honorable to be learned about black history. If the frat boys protest that they didn't mean it that way, well, that just means they are stupid into the bargain.

Chill out

Ok...so they threw a theme party that isn't exactly socially acceptable. People got their feelings hurt. Get over it. I think all the attention and energy that is being directed towards this little party is a waste of time. There is no way to completely annihilate the concepts of "race" and "racism." Society has been aware of the problems associated with these concepts for decades. The best way to combat these problems is through education and creating welcoming communities to express ideas and thoughts, not crucifying an entire group of people, who may have not entirely been involved with the incident. These stereotypes are harmful, maybe educate those who perpetuate those ideas (yes, i am talking to all you baby daddy's and weave wearing females who do hold an acrylic-adorned finger up in the air) as to why the way they act is detrimental to an entire racial community...

UCSD student

This party was not malicious or a hate rally. I highly doubt that they even talked about black history month at this party, rather it was just a VERY POORLY themed method for getting drunk.

By the way where is the public outcry and the UCSD black student union's anger with this stereotyping:
http://alumni.ucsd.edu/s/1170/PageI.aspx?sid=1170&gid=1&pgid=844&cid=3020&ecid=3020&crid=0&calpgid=13&calcid=664

This party, while in bad taste, does not in itself warrant the racist accusations and attack that its receiving. The students who have fed this one-sided story to the media have done far far more damage than good.

andrew nelson

Okay, let's investigate the stereotype then... (1) Who is Shenaynay? Why is she playing that stereotype? (2) Who is Baby Phat? Is that part of the same stereotype or a different stereotype? Why wear those stereotypes? Is it a cultural message? If so, what's the appropriate response to that cultural message? Why does a thought police editor for the LA Times think we need to assign an appropriate response to a cultural stereotype, in the same breath she's using other cultural stereotypes? Some cultural stereotypes are okay to appropriate, some are not? Why is the theme party inappropriate? If a stereotype "frat boy" can't acquire the use of that cultural stereotype symbol, then no one can appropriate stereotypes associated with sterotype "frats" and "sororities" and color their hair blonde, either? Right? This like a bad episode of "Back to the Future". We're suddenly back in the sixties now, right?

lakerzfan4lyf

This article seems to suggest that the 98% of students at UCSD are white, bigoted students who condone this sort of action.
Firstly, let's dispel this myth. The racial break down of UCSD consists of 49% asian, 12% mexican american, and 22% white (as found on the UCSD website). Yes, black students are in a vast minority and at often times underrepresented; however, let's not try to play the school off as majority white either.
Additionally, of those students who are white, most will self identify as Jewish, as first generation Americans, or as part of the LGBT community, which in the grand scheme of things, means they're minority figures too.
Lastly, why is it okay for Eddie Murphy or Dave Chapelle to create media poking fun at these same stereotypes? Why is it okay to have a hos and bros themed party without offending all women at any institution?
Catch my drift? UCSD is probably the least racist and most "diverse" school you will find, at least in the sense that truly all- American whites are in a vast vast minority.
Yea, the party theme was insensitive. But so is making fun of Jews for having big noses and being stingy or gay men for being effeminate. We don't seem to have as much of a media uproar about those kinds of remarks, now do we?

sandra m

Whatever you do will follow you. When these young men go after their high level post-graduate appointments, the gatekeepers will look them up and decide to take a pass on such low-lifes.

BC

I read the LA times every day and I am a typical white student at UCSD. I have been here for over 2 years and I can safely say that this article is utter crap. While I definitely DO NOT agree with what the Frat did, to generalize our entire campus is completely hypocritical. Are you not just assuming that one Frat represents our entire community? Honestly, we are regarded as the WORST party UC in the system.

As for UCSD not being "that great of a school," we outrank UCLA in over 15 categories (INCLUDING POLITICAL SCIENCE WHERE THIS SCHOOL RANKS 7TH OVERALL). To say that we aren't that great of a school is saying that only the top 6 public schools in America are good. Guess who number 7 is. Not much else eh? Compared to the IVY leagues, such as Harvard, you're right the school doesn't have much to offer.

As for the UCSD student of color feeling like this school is unfriendly towards students of color, I am sorry you feel that way. Truly, I am. Even though four of our colleges are themed to produced more cultural environments, or how we have an INTERNATIONAL house where UCSD students AND international students can coincide together. Not only that, there is over 100+ organizations from students of color. Also, if you haven't noticed the school has been trying to shut the Koala down FOR YEARS. A little group called the ACLU comes to their defense with free speech rights. If you think this is campus is unfriendly towards students of color, I would suggest you never go to UC Berkeley or UCLA. Also, your comment implies that it is more friendly to those non-students of color. I am willing to bet you have no basis for even saying this as I have friends of all colors at this school who have NEVER complained about this.

I really don't condone what the frat did, I thought it was terrible. Do I think we are over dramatizing this? Yes. Go to Berkeley or UCLA where there is DAILY nut jobs telling me that because I'm white I am a plague on the world. I am not a racist, I do agree with the minority being angry, I don't agree with this being in the LA times. You are blowing out of proportion.

Jared

I think we need to remember the difference between recism and cultural xenophobia. It is INHERENTLY RACIST to suggest that the things promoted here are exclusively black- they are trademarks of a (predominantly black) culture, nothing more. I assure you, there are many a caucasian girl who, based on social circumstance, act and dress precisely in the way described above.

Cola

Ignorance breeds ignorance!!!!!!!!!!!! That is all.

Chang

So the Times decides to castigate an entire university for its inappropriate racial humor, and then goes on to propagate those very same racial slurs by quoting not just a few terms, but the entire blocks of text from the event (ex.: "Here's the dress code for the party, according to the invite:..."). How nice! The LATimes sends a laugh, gains readership, but then appears to be so moral about it!

Proud UCSD Alumnus

I am a recent alumnus of UCSD and was involved in one of the Greek organizations that participates in IFC and Panhellenic events.

Although I do agree that the theme held by the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity was, in fact, in bad taste, I believe that to plaster UC San Diego and its Greek community as "racist" is more than extreme.

UCSD is quite a diverse campus (49% Asian, 12% Mexican American, and 22% White). Upon viewing this breakdown, it appears that the use of the phrase "98% nonblack population" is a bit misleading in this article. Althought 98% may be accurate, it misleads readers and sidesteps the fact that 78% of the UCSD population falls outside of the bigoted white generalization that the writer attempts to apply to almost ALL UCSD students.

Even if the writer attempted to instead focus her attack upon the Greek community of the UCSD campus (as appears to be her intent when using the title "racist frat boys will be racist frat boys... on facebook"), she once again failed to do her research in this matter. First of all, Pi Kappa Alpha is a fraternity that makes up less than 100 male students that comprise the 23,000 undergraduate students who currently attend UCSD. Moreover, if one stops to look at the general composition of the UCSD Greek system, one will see a relative breakdown that includes individuals of various minority groups. There are members in more than a few of the 13 IFC fraternities located at UCSD that are of African American descent and actively participate in Greek fraternity/sorority events. This is not to mention the overwhelming Asian prescence (as well as other such minorities) within these Greek organizations. Obviously, if the writer had taken their time in committing themselves to more extensive research, rather than raging off on their own pre-conceived stereotypes concerning fraternity/sorority life, they would have been more than aware of this fact.

In addition, both the UCSD IFC and Panhellenic associations have shown their openness to minorities in their encompassing Alpha Epsilon Pi and Alpha Epsilon Phi among their ranks (both groups that identify as Jewish in nature). Unless the writer or other commentators would like to debate the merits of Jews being a minority peoples who have been subjected to their own bigotry, I would suggest that such critics review their platform.

In the end, YES... the men of Pi Kappa Alpha were more than misguided in their party theme and description... but ultimately using them as the poster-children of "racist frat boys" and applying this stereotype to all members of Greek organizations as well as all of UC San Diego as a whole is more than misguided.

Please review facts before jumping to rash accusations and exaggerations. As someone who was part of TWO of the minority groups discussed above and an alumnus of both UCSD and a Greek organization, I am PROUD of the diversity and acceptance I found at UCSD and within my Greek organization.

If nothing else, this lack of research, rash assumptions, use of stereotypes, and exaggerations shows a bitterness from the writer that might require some self-reflection before allowing oneself to unleash such resentment against a mostly innocent entity such as the students of UCSD. I am astounded that the LA Times would allow such a poorly researched and obviously skewed article to be posted on their website (even in the opinion's section). If you are a NEWS paper, at least allow a well rounded article rather than only presenting bits and pieces of a story... report news not propaganda.

Rick

The bash was dubbed the "Compton Cookout" celebrating "Black History Month". Who lives in Compton and from what continent do they call people black? What I see in these comments are a bunch of privileged white people so accustomed to their supremacy that they can conveniently say "get over it" and "not a big deal" as if this type of bigotry is some spontaneous random phenomenon that doesn't happen all around the country and hasn’t happened throughout its history. You want a pass because you’re supposed to be “educated” and because UCSD is a “party” school. Sorry. You were the fools who posted it on Facebook for the world to see so now UCSD is the face of Frat Boy Racism in 2010. That's how this works. GET OVER IT.

UCSD Alumnus

First of all, UCSD is FAR from a party school. Moreover, no one has excused this as not a big deal, but rather that this shouldn't reflect on all of UCSD. Pi Kappa Alpha was wrong, but don't generalize to all of UCSD.

Read the facts carefully please.

And by the way.... I do not fall under the category of either "privileged" or "white"... and if it is not okay to use the term "black" but okay to use "white"... then obviously you fail to see any means of hypocrisy here.

RichardfromHB

My daughter is a junior at UCSD and sent me this article the same day it came out. She was shocked at the Greek's conduct and related anecdotes of uncomfortable staring received by her two black friends on campus. While there are other minorities, blacks appear to be well under-represented on the UCSD campus, like many of the UC system schools. Fortunately, there is only a relatively small Greek presence at UCSD also. When I woke up this morning, I had emails from the chancellor distributed to the Parents and Family listserve denouncing the event and conduct which I'm sure can reduce damage claims for the school and is otherwise appropriate. But to those who think that just because Barack is Pres that racism is dead, let them come to La Jolla.

Gus Levy

As sophomoric as this party is in intent, I will readily admit some part of me says that if I were a college student at UCSD this party would probably have been a fun one to have gone to: Crazy liquored up co-eds getting loaded on malt liquor is exactly the type of fun party a decent male college undergrad should get to experience now and then between abysmal mid-terms and finals. Theme parties during college are a fun experience; sometimes, the target is a step out-of-bounds like this one but I think most of us know that these parties are harmless...but probably fun nevertheless.

The real discussion, imo, on this topic is that US society in general and the African-American (AA) community specifically does need to address and figure out how to destroy this crazy ghetto culture that is in fact doing more harm for all involved (esp the AA community) than any silly college theme party could ever dream of doing. 75% of AA children are born out of wedlock, 2/3 of urban public school AA are not graduating high school, 50% of AA males b/w 18-30 have criminal records, 70% unemployment amongst AA males b/w 18-30, etc...while the AA community is regressing and dying before our eyes while they actually glorify the "Thug Life" culture that is at the root of this destruction, the Conservatives fear that making any peep on the topic and pointing to the destruction will brand them as Racists which is officially the worst thing that can now be branded upon anyone in this country. Meanwhile, and even worse, the Liberals offer no realistic solutions to the problems in the AA community since they don't have the courage to state how tough the remedies actually are, or worst of all, many Liberals dare not suggest that there are any problems at all fearing in the back of their minds that the +90% Democratic vote from the AA community may be jeopardized. Meanwhile, we get national furor over silly college theme parties like this while the true destruction in the form of Thug Life riots as occurred in Philly a few days ago happen all too frequently.

rw

i don't remember once seeing anything about showing up to the party dressed or acting as "black." the party was to poke fun at the ghetto and gangster culture, which i can assure you makes up a few different races. anyone dressed or acting like they were is a moron, no matter what race they are

Jad

I think many people are missing the point as to why this was such a racist event and why similar type parites "pimp" or "white trash" themed ones are not. While all of these "stereotype" parties are in bad taste, however humorous they may be to drunken frat guys, the problem with the "Compton Cookout" is in how it was presented. It was not "lets make fun of this sub-group of African Americans" it was presented as "a celebration of African American culture" as if to say this is the only contribution blacks have made or are making, culturally, to America! That is an inherently racist view, and it only serves to re-emphasize the need for a "black history month" as obviously these poor PIKEs were unable, with all their education, to find any contributions that African Americans have made or are making to our society outside of inaccurate stereotypes of poverty in the black community. For reference I am a half White half Latino student at UCSD.

Mitchell Young

Do you guys really want to be publishing 'hapa's' calls for violence?

Troy

37 comments so far on a topic where the average news story receives about 0-5 comments. If nothing else, it proves that that W.E.B. Du Bois' was partially wrong when he said that "the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line." In reality, the problems of the 20th century didn't end when the clock struck midnight at the start of the current century.

Unbeknownst to them, the party thrown by this frat at UCSD encapsulates several trends in the economy, unemployment rate, and rates of incarceration (highest in the developed world) that are sure to characterize American society for the foreseeable future. Nicely done.

andrew nelson

Why not, Mitchell? It's part of the stereotype discussion. We're supposed to quake in fear at righteous black anger. It's part of the drill.

andrew nelson

Well, I'd like to get a Danish American History Month going on, with a Dane Party. Anyone up for that? We can drink aquavit, eat pickled herring, havarti cheese, and read Dashell Hammet's "Maltese Falcon", and just sit around and brood a lot.

David Garber

This reminds me of a lot of the incidents that the Koala has been through, but that's different that's a journalists publication. However, I get the feeling that even when I read the Koala, that the authors are not just making funny jokes about everyone equally, nor are they making racist jokes that are so ridiculous that they can't be taken seriously, like many "acceptable" comedians do online and in the media. No, some of the people who work for the Koala are actually just plain racist. If you don't believe me, go to http://www.thekoala.org/updates.php.

The same is probably true with what took place at the frat party. Did they assume that black students might not want to show up, and that they would be appauled by seeing white people sport these stereotypes.

I hate to break this to my fellow students of UCSD, but you guys live by a different standard than students at other UC schools because you go to a school in a rich town near a giant military base. People will look at you like a big fat red zit in a blue state. A sign of what the regents want, and a sign of what students don't. It's part of the messed up system we live in, but this is what happens.

Jon

People really get offended too easily.

Jon Healey

@Mitchell -- No, we don't. That comment clearly violated the site's TOS. We rely on readers of this blog to bring such things to our attention, but we don't give them a good mechanism for doing so. Thanks for pointing it out.

Mark Dugan

Looks like the frat boys watch to much MTV. The dress code came right off the videos that are shown 24 hours a day.

Garbanzo Bean

I feel guilty for enjoying this article and the descriptors given of ghetto culture as I work in a school setting with girls who are running their cussy mouths, creating drama and instigating fights, and waving their fingers at me when I attempt to correct their them for making bad choices and teach them some self-control. Stereotypes are not loosely based on fact, but on actual realities which society looks helplessly and hopelessly upon as "dysfunction in the underclass", one that endlessly proliferates generation to generation. The only place that stereotypes such as that described in the frat party e-vite is MAD TV or SNL for whatever reason. For the rest of us, it's politically incorrect to laugh. I feel guilty for laughing, but understand the outrage.

Irony

If people don't think it's such a big deal, or that it's okay, then why did the organizer delete the event? I'd love to see people who think it's nothing put participation in this event on their resume.

Shaikh.

I am a UCSD Alumni, class of '06. I am disturbed but not surprised by this.

As a minority student at UCSD, yes, there were many issues with the general culture and atmosphere that was pervasive through out the campus and made me, along with other minority students uncomfortable, not welcomed and marginalized. However, that did not prevent us from being civically engaged to make a campus environment that was welcoming of all students.

What is disturbing is that this is coming in succession to a established history of incidents and behavior that has existed on campus. Many other commentators have noted "The Koala" and posters around campus being hung with disparaging remarks.

Statistically speaking- according to UCSD Admissions- the student body for 2009 only had 349 African Americans (2% of the student body). Surprisingly Whites are a minority at UCSD- (making up 26% of the undergraduate student body). Asians make up approximately 50% of the student body when Filipino's are grouped with the "Asians". According to recent studies, males, are a becoming an endangered species on college campuses (however, at UCSD males have held out against this National trend).

Also, UCSD is not, what many assume, a party school. Nor is UCSD is a "bad school"- in fact, UCSD ranked higher then other better known UC's- 8 noble laureates on campus, 16 all together- he National Science Foundation has ranked UCSD first in the UC system and sixth in the nation in terms of Federal research expenditures; Some 200 San Diego companies have been founded by UCSD faculty and alumni, and over 40% of the people employed in the San Diego biotechnology industry work in UCSD spin-offs. The distinctions are long and many- the school is AMAZING.

So the issue isn't about diversity- there is a lack of diversity, but that isn't a primary factor in the issue at hand. Nor is the issue about the school. It should be about what happens when faced with such incidents or circumstances.

If I have learned anything during my UCSD experience it was that these incidents- no matter how distasteful and ugly- deserve proper attention. What they don't deserve is hype and negativity. I personally hope that the campus will take this as an opportunity to have discussions and create space for students to learn.

Even with the past history at UCSD, I still hold out hope that these frat kids were interested in having a "fun" time but publicized- and framed- it in a hurtful, ignorant and stereotypical way. I don't think we can call their behavior "racist"- all we heard from them is the party announcement. Maybe they might have deep seated racist perspectives, but I think its jumping to conclusions to just gloss over the entire episode as being inherently racist.

They should recognize and be given an opportunity to understand why people are disturbed and hurt by their behavior, and there should be a public statement that expresses from them their understanding of the situation- this might even mean an apology, I don't know, its up to the process and people involved.

They deserve an opportunity to be heard, and the school administrators must provide a means to address this issue- even if the claim is that this was not a UCSD sanctioned event (according to 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 federal and state laws) doesn't mean the University can shirk away from culpability.

Alex

I'm really glad this is in "Opinion", because not only is this opinion not even worth reading, but the facts aren't even straight. As for telling my friends of color to transfer: That's the most ignorant, embarrassing comment about this whole story so far. If you're going to assume the other "classmates" are prancing around in black face and such in the midst of overwhelming UCSD support for the "victims": Obviously you haven't gotten your UCSD degree. Or any degree for that matter.

Some Concerned UCSD Students

Being students at UCSD, we are outraged by the event that transpired this past weekend. We believe that the few people who participated in this event showed blatant disregard for the minority of students who are already underrepresented. It also undermined the values that most members of the UC San Diego community uphold. We understand that education is NOT a commodity. It is something that is created through a myriad of perspectives from individuals of various walks of life.

As a nation, we recognize that human potential is not determined by the color of one’s skin. This has been realized through the progress of the civil rights movement and made paramount by the inauguration of our first African American President.
Therefore, it is extremely ignorant and unacceptable when such an event occurs because it hinders the hard-won progress that this Nation has accomplished.

While this event is unarguably racism, racism can take many forms and shapes. One such form is stereotyping. Fortunately, events like this are recognized and condemned by many. Unlike racism, however, stereotyping shows its ugly face everywhere and is often tolerated. What’s more dangerous is that some do not even realize when they themselves are partaking in it.

Therefore we believe that telling people to “take my advice, kids, find a school where your classmates aren't prancing around in black-face and asking you dumb questions like whether your skin tans. They're out there.” is a gross manifestation of hypocritical action. The majority of the UCSD student body does not share the mentality of the individuals who partook in this event. The actions of the few should not tarnish the reputation of the whole. Do not stereotype us as all ignorant, rich, white, racist students. By making such comments, your action only fights against the progress our nation has made by jeopardizing the diversity we have on campus. Instead of grossly misrepresenting the majority of students, lets focus on how we can improve a cohesive environment for all involved. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater by stereotyping all UCSD students…WE WANT EDUCATION, therefore WE NEED DIVERSITY.


UCSD grad 06

How come no one has mentioned the well known fact that UCSD Pikes are notorious for being patently "fratty" in this way? At UCSD they are generally known as being the "jerks", the knucklehead frat boys. Even other fraternities keep their distance so as to convince everyone that indeed their charters, unlike Pike's, actually mean something.

This is what Pike does -- they put out content like this. It's not a sign of racial faultlines at UCSD, or issues about the percentage of attending black students (though this is its own worthy -- but unrelated -- issue); the crude party invite was just the latest, and most salient manifestation of the spirit of Pike.

Of course, we can't give them that much creative credit: assuming none of them actually attended *real public schools in Compton of East Oakland, they must have readily gotten all their content from rap music videos.

UCSD Undergrad 2011

How about everyone remembers how every college themed party is some kind of racist joke. Japanese Hoes and CEOs, South of the Border, Too Soon Jokes, etc etc. Really people. This has no reflection on UCSD, it has a reflection on the world we live in.

 
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