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UCSD Faculty Coalition Statement of Support

The UCSD faculty coalition for educational justice supports the proposals by UCSD faculty of African descent and the UCSD Black Student Union.  We are their allies in calling for UCSD to address racial inequities as the university is restructured during the budget crisis.

We urge a systematic analysis that understands the recent eruptions at UCSD not as isolated or exceptional; these expressions are commensurate with a university system that has not created the conditions for racial equity.  Fifteen years after the University of California banned affirmative action, it is not only the repeated instances of campus racism, but the university administration’s inability to act effectively to address them, which testifies to the need for the university to renew its commitments to public access and diversity education.  As we work to preserve higher education as a public good, we must also secure resources to support curriculum, research, and scholarship on history of race and the critical study of racism, as well as greater outreach and changes to admissions, resource allocation, and college requirements – if the university is to create an academic culture that prepares a diverse public to participate in and contribute to a multiracial society.

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  1. Benito Juarez
    March 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    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.

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