Perspectives on Race

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Noose found hanging at University of California

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Recently in the news students at the University of California found a noose hanging in a campus library. The noose found dangling from a light fixture on the seventh floor of Geisel Library on Thursday night was the latest in a string of racially charged incidents in the university community. Less than two weeks ago, an off-campus party mocking Black History Month ignited racial tensions. The party titled off-campus “Compton Cookout” party organized by some students urged people to dress as ghetto stereotypes and promised there would be chicken, watermelon and malt liquor. My impression of the party just from the title and the types of food they are serving seems like it was meant to make fun of minorities, especially African-Americans. This was a very mean and inconsiderate thing to do during black history month which is the only time African-Americans have a chance to celebrate being black and the many accomplishments of African-Americans. Some students/people fail to realize all the hardships African-Americans had to endure for many years and are still enduring. It is not right to treat people like this and bring up all the old racial and discriminatory acts of the past. That was a very difficult time for African-Americans and many of them lost their lives just because of their skin color. I feel that African-Americans deserve to be treated better and as equals. A University of California statement said a student admitted she and two other people were responsible.  The student has been suspended but declined to discuss her motive or other students involved. UC and campus authorities did not indicate whether the students would be charged with a hate crime. Under state law, hanging a noose to terrorize is punishable by up to a year in jail. These racists acts are very ridiculous especially on a campus where less than 2% of the students are black. Instead of making the few African-Americans at the school feel comfortable the students ostracized them and made them feel threatened. The school needs to step in a little more to make sure this doesn’t happen again. The students involved should be punished severely so that other people/students realize that this is something taken very serious and if it happens again there will be consequences.


Written by taishae

March 4, 2010 at 1:31 am

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  1. I was watching the news coverage on this and they were saying that the campus is actually very segregated. The students were talking about all the racial tensions that are present. Of course there are mixed feelings about the rallies that the students are forming because some students feel as if they do not now participate in the anti-racism rallies then they will be perceived as racists.


    March 5, 2010 at 4:07 am

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