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Students walk out of UC San Diego teach-in

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The event was held in response to two recent racial incidents. But minority students don’t believe the university will take significant steps to boost their numbers or improve conditions, one said.

by: Larry Gordon, LA Times, 2/25/10

Reporting from San Diego – A student walkout Wednesday disrupted a UC San Diego teach-in that was intended to promote tolerance in the wake of two recent racially charged incidents. Many of those involved said the protest showed how difficult it will be for the beachside campus to overcome long-standing concerns about the small number of African American students enrolled there.

More than 1,200 students, faculty and staff packed an auditorium in the student center for the teach-in, which campus administrators organized in response to the incidents, including an off-campus party Feb. 15 that mocked Black History Month.

But halfway through the planned two-hour session, hundreds of students walked out.

The students, who were joined by many others during the afternoon, held their own noisy but peaceful rally outside the building, calling on UC San Diego leaders to improve conditions for minority students and boost their numbers.

Administrators may have thought the teach-in “would make us quiet,” said Fnann Keflezighi, vice chairwoman of the Black Student Union. But she said minority students do not believe that the university will take significant steps to improve the situation. The controversial party, she and others contended, was just the spark that ignited long-simmering ethnic tensions on the campus.

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For parts 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6, click HERE.

Categories: "Compton Cookout"
  1. Matt L.
    February 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I’d like to ask how was the student-led walkout different from the administration-led teach-in? Basically, at the walkout there were also speakers and a reiteration of the demands to the campus. Important things were said at the teach-in though. I was particularly enlightened by the schoolteacher from Compton who was speaking on behalf her students and associates. However, all the speakers that spoke after students proclaimed that they would walkout of the teach-in were basically slapped in the face and invalidated. I want to express solidarity as much as possible, but don’t want to spit on allies in the process of doing so.

  2. Matt L.
    February 25, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    To clarify a little further. I do support the condemnation of the UCSD Administration in failing to commit to diversity to campus, which continues to alienate minority students to this day. I participated in a BSU demonstration at UCSD about 5 years ago. We had basically presented the same set of demands that are being re-presented now to who was then Acting Chancellor Mary Anne Fox. She obviously has not done shit to meet those demands since, nor did then-Chancellor Robert Dynes. But even though, it really is the Administration’s fault for allowing this to go on so long, it was not the fault of the speakers at the teach-in who were there to support the student movement.

  3. Cut
    February 26, 2010 at 2:07 am

    it’s just that the speakers at the teach-in, after the students left, were there as apologists for the administration. They would have spoken neither for nor with the students who walked out, but AT them. Having said that, the teach-in perhaps served a purpose for those who stayed, i.e., those who are having a hard time understanding the deep-rooted problems in the UC system that stretch far beyond the party. The speakers could have walked out and participated in the same way outside, you know…
    I think, in summation, the point is that the administration controlled the teach-in, according to their standards. The STUDENTS controlled the walk-out, and that’s how it should be.

  4. 4Real
    February 26, 2010 at 9:36 am

    The escalation in threatening action is plain and obvious. After hearing that members of BSU have been verbally threatened on campus, I knew that this threatening noose would be coming next:
    Welcome to the Civil Rights Movement. The struggle never ended.

  5. Alumni Girl '08
    February 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    The students demand that the administration make the cultural climate at UCSD better for minorities. So the administration responded by having a teach-in, in an attempt to do exactly what the BSU and other minorities have requested. Then, the students organize a walk-out. It is absolute idiocy. How can the administration win? Oh wait, they can’t.

    • February 26, 2010 at 11:38 pm

      The goal of the teach-out action is to: 1) prevent the administration from coopting the student movement by making this more about the individual party and koala incident than about the institutional climate that led to it, and b) to leverage the administration into meeting the BSU’s long list of demands to foster true diversity in this campus. There is actually a very well thought out strategy behind this. Also, you should know that this kind of thing has been done many times before, There is nothign that the UC administration has ever given students of color that has not come out of protests like these. It’s the only proven way to make sure that they don’t just talk but act. For the BSU’s demands, go to:


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