Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Compton Cook-Out

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Each week before I blog, I go to google news section and type racism and see what I find. This week’s article of choice was particularly interesting. Apparently, a fraternity at University of California San Diego decided to throw a Compton Cook-Out party. Sounds simple enough. Their description of proper attire included the following:

For guys: I expect all males to be rockin Jersey’s, stuntin’ up in ya White T (XXXL smallest size acceptable), anything FUBU, Ecko, Rockawear, High/low top Jordans or Dunks, Chains, Jorts, stunner shades, 59 50 hats, Tats, etc.

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.

Somehow this Facebook event was leaked to local news stations and eventually caused an uproar by the citizens. People accused this fraternity of being a bunch of racist white kids who had pushed the racial envelope too far. I disagree. After reading through the event description, I couldn’t find a single instance where it mentioned dressing up like black or latino kids or any other minority for that matter. In my opinion, people that dress or act “ghetto” were never of any particular color or race. I’ve seen plenty of “ghetto” black, white, asian, or hispanic kids in my days and, as with many other situations in our society, these people severely overreacted to some kids having a costume party.

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Written by mvmia16

February 22, 2010 at 3:38 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. This event would be no different then that of a “white trash” party that Fraternities and Sororities hold.

    It’s because one person assumed they were talking about blacks and caused an uproar. Once again, something so trivial got blown up into something bigger because 1 person was offended or assumed that it was a racist act.

    melp8

    February 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm

  2. This event is a racist one. Even though they didnt explicitly say come dressed as a balck all of the decriptions said it for them. The guys “costumes” are all urban wear that not only are typically worn by black males but was also created for black males. Also for the females, the way they are directed to behave is the way black females are typically depicted in movies and society today. Also the flyer says to “act like shenaynay” a black women. I think the fact that they did not state act black on the flyer was just a way for them to cover their behinds because they knew once it got out it would create a BIG problem.

    tayokam

    February 25, 2010 at 4:52 pm

  3. Like this obviously racist. It is called compton cook out and all of the attire they want people to wear are urban clothing and to add on that they should act and speak a certain way is just ridiculous. These are all stero types people have against black people and like the comment before me mentioned it was just a way to get around saying to act black. I am sure if it was the other way around people would have a problem. This is the problem we have in society always trying to justify racist act. People saying it isn’t a big deal and that people are too sensitive.

    roxy423

    February 28, 2010 at 1:42 am

  4. So apparently most of the news articles didn’t tell the whole story. Perhaps this will settle the dispute whether there were racial intentions behind the party:

    “Days after the cookout, the editor of the Koala, a campus publication known for mocking Muslims, Latinos and Asians, appeared on the university’s student-run TV station to defend the event. While on the air, he referred to offended black classmates as “ungrateful niggers.” The following day, a sign with the words “Compton Lynching” was found at the TV station. And on Thursday, a noose was hung in the Geisel Library.”

    mzlisarenee

    March 2, 2010 at 6:19 am

  5. I definietly feel like this this was refering to blacks because of the simple comment of looking like shanaynay who is a black character. Though you may see many asians, whites and any other race portraying these traits i still believe they could have worded this i a much different way

    gwendo89

    March 6, 2010 at 11:02 pm


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