At 7:30pm, SRTV aired a segment in which Muir College junior Yelena Akopian interviewed three students who planned to throw a similar "Black History Month" party. The students went on air complaining about the protests and defending their party as protected by the First Amendment.
"After the initial three guys left, the Koala made the topic Black History Month, and they started doing a show that was normal for Koala TV standards," [SRTV manager-in training Panham Morini] said. Over the course of the show, Koala members made controversial comments, linking HIV to sexuality and race, and attacking black protesters of the Cookout (Chen, 2010).
Another invitation has surfaced on Facebook to an off campus "Compton Party Part Deux" party encouraging partygoers to "come to this party in honor of your favorite cultural stereotype."
The creator of the invite calls the response to the first "Compton Cookout" a misguided call to arms "that has people ignorantly shouting racism, intolerance, hate."
"If your intent is to make fun and not to harm anyone, and you really aren't trying to hurt anyone's feelings, then it's different from trying to cut someone down on purpose," [UCSD Senior and party organizer Mike] Randazzo said.
He claims he has never been to a party that was not a mockery of something.
"On Cinco de Mayo, we have parties making fun of Mexicans; on Veterans Day, we make fun of veterans (yes, the same veterans who uphold our rights to free speech); on St. Patrick's Day we make fun of the Irish. Everyone gets made fun of out of jest now, not hate," the invitation read (Wayland, 2010).
The story of a hidden clay installation called "Thirty Blocks" by visual artist Virginia Maksymowicz — a former UCSD graduate student from the class of 1977 — has survived for almost 40 years.
On May 10, 1970, a UCSD undergraduate, George Winne Jr., doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire in the middle of Revelle Plaza. Winne was the fourth incident of self-immolation that year in California higher education. A couple years after Winne's death, undergraduates in Michael Todd's Environmental Sculpture class established the George Winne Jr. Memorial Grove, in which Maksymowicz's "Thirty Blocks" is located (Polachek, 2013).
Come and join us in creating a collective installation about howUCracism both on campus an [sic] beyond.
THIS IS AN EXPERIMENT IN COMMUNICATION
TELL A STORY
ASK A QUESTION
MAKE A DEMAND
TELL US WHAT YOU KNOW
(COMM Playground, 2016).
Assigned by my CAT class to show how we perceive the UCSD climate; I chose to create a collage of a selection of my own instagram posts, starting from when I first arrived on campus through late November.
These past few months I have been living in a campus that is blooming with life and excitement. I am surrounded by so many different students of a multitude of cultures and nationalities. UCSD has given me the opportunity to interact with numerous people of diverse backgrounds and I am really grateful to be able to live in a welcoming environment. That is why I decided to depict this feeling with an array of different flowers.
My artwork is a short yet powerful poem that paints my stance and view of the UCSD campus climate. The motivation of my artwork is two-fold: 1. an assignment my CAT class, 2. I felt compelled to share my perspective on the climate that I experienced coming as a freshman to this university.
When I first thought of how Asian Americans are portrayed in the minority world, I thought of it as a missing puzzle piece. Asian is just a generalized term to categorize people who live around relatively the same area of the world and there is so much more diversity within this term. There is a wall separating us from the rest of them, but when we're put together, we make up UCSD as a whole unit, like a finished puzzle.
After certain events demonstrating anti-immigrant and anti-POC sentiment at UCSD, it can be easy for anyone to be distrustful of their fellow student. But I think the university is generally full of good people who don't aspire to bigotry, so I think students should start growing paranoid that others are going to hurt them. The school is a mostly safe place that is mostly united in combatting fear and bigotry. Students should remember that.
This artwork is inspired by Angela Kong's Re-Examining Diversity Policy at UCSD, which addresses the segregation of the Asian American student population here on campus. An adaptation of UCSD's pie chart documenting the 2015 undergraduate class based on ethnicity, my submission replaces the label for "Asians" to reflect the common conception of the overwhelming population, as perceived by Angela Kong and me.