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Solidarity from the scientific community at UCSD

This letter was sent today to Chancellor Fox  from community members in the Scripps Oceanography Institute.

Chancellor Fox,

We, the community of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD, will not tolerate racism or hate at our school.  This institution is a place of higher learning for people of all ethnicities, socioeconomic standings, genders, religions, and sexual orientations.  Brilliance knows none of these boundaries, and we actively reject discrimination based on any of these personal identifying backgrounds.  The purpose of this letter is to unite SIO in support of the individuals who feel hurt by recent racist acts, and to ask that administrators recognize the need to actively mend the rifts these acts have highlighted.

The February 2010 acts of individual members of the UCSD community involving the racially offensive “Compton cookout”, the use of the “N” word on the student-run TV station by the Koala, and the display of the noose at Geisel Library are divisive and abhorrent.  These individuals’ ignorance, gross insensitivity, and hatefulness have no place at UCSD.

Intellectual communities, like social communities, are enriched and stimulated by diversity.  As we strive for the best intellectual environment at our institution, we recognize that we must fight for the inclusion and protection of underrepresented groups.  We embrace these groups and value their contributions to our community.  We will absolutely not accept threats and hate towards them.  Furthermore, as members of the SIO community, we recognize that in our position of privilege, it is unethical to fail to defend minority groups that are abused by members of the majority.  We will not stand for it.  Not in our community.

Too often, SIO is cloaked in apathy owing in part to its physical separation from both the main UCSD campus and less privileged areas of San Diego.  Today, however, we take action.  We come together to support diversity and justice.  We are committed to those who feel emotionally burdened by recent events and who struggle to fulfill their duties both to research and to our hurting community.  We are also committed to the underrepresented groups that already reside at our institution, and we are fighting to retain them in an atmosphere that is welcoming to all individuals.

The current friction on campus affects far more than the 2% of students directly targeted by the hateful acts.  It affects all students, faculty, and staff members who value our community.  By signing this letter, we are supporting our classmates and colleagues, both at SIO and on upper campus, pledging “Not in our community!”  We will stand against hate and insist on administrative action to improve the campus climate.  We will listen to the concerns and fears of our classmates and colleagues, and dedicate the necessary time and resources to mend our fractured campus.  Together we promote compassion, empathy, respect, and intellectual exchange for all members of our community.

Thanks and Peace,

Proud Advocates for a Diverse and Inclusive UCSD and SIO

  1. Montana
    March 3, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    (1) UCSD: A group of dumb white frat guys hold an event called a “Compton Cookout.” This pisses people off as it used Black History Month as a reason to mock black people with racist stereotypes. Also involved is some idiot who tries to use this opportunity for shameless self-promotion, who also happens to be black. To say the least, the guy is basically a wannabe Flavor Flav.

    (2) UCSD: Another dumb white frat guy gets mad that blacks are offended of being relegated to a bigoted stereotype. He tries to hold another racist event.

    (3) UCSD: Meanwhile, a terrible student media publication (which, after viewing their website consists of all white staff, nudity, staff wrestling each other, and well, not much else), pushes their limits calling black students “ungrateful n——” – not just that word, but also that apparently the black students owed them something. They have a reputation of being trashy, and at this point, administration and faculty rush to condemn racism by students of the campus and various protests begin. Funding is also cut from all student media at UCSD, creating an extra bitter controversy.

    (4) UCSD: On Friday of that week, a noose is found in the library. Everything gets worked in a frenzy and – something I’ll address later – a large amount of white commenter’s on the internet begin claiming that is was probably a black student who planted it in order to gain more sympathy. In addition, there are rumors of a threatening note sent to the Guardian and a second noose, there was no second noose, and the threat seems to be just a rumor.

    (6) UCSD: Protests basically happen at all schools in support of the students. There are various sit-ins, and teach-ins, and what have you. School administrators become pushed to be more active in fixing what’s going on.

    I have not seen this noose person, but most of you blame her and conveniently forget wear this all originated.

    Instead of an apology there has been steady escalation and now the noose. So, what exactly will the excuses be for this cowardly act that brings up memories of the confederate KKK of the South in their attempts to keep slavery and the non-whites in fear? Is it that are uneducated, is it that their parents planted these seeds of hate, is it that they are live in fear because our President in the white house is not 100% white. In my opinion this is what the republican party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” have brought you. These kids follow what their dullard leaders say, they listen to Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush and Savage and the rest of the Blowhards, they are young and dumb. Are you surprise at what they do when you know what they think?

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