After several meetings regarding the racism and sexism related to the “Compton Cookout” party held by some UC Students and their use of university funded programming to advertise the event unchecked, some students have taken to the blogosphere to permanently document their experiences of what is going on. I applaud the innovation – ie getting the word out publicly and globally – even as I wonder what it’s impact will actually be considering other such efforts to connect racism and sexism on university campuses, like the tenure cases of prominent women of color faculty, had little impact on the overall running of the uni, the milieu, or the decisions being questioned. At the same time, public pressure increases exponentially with the use of public social networking spaces and universities can no longer keep these incidents “in house” as they once did. Moreover, cases outside of the university like the Jena 6 or the Dunbar 4 have greatly benefited from blogger activism. And while the blogosphere is notorious for playing telephone with information, such that research and truth are always in question, both of those cases also prove that the blogosphere is full of people doing stellar research on the ground and documenting in ways that can be corroborated with source material for later. So whatever you think about the medium, the fact that students are using the blogosphere as a medium to confront racism and sexism on campus is both unavoidable and imminently exciting for the potential it provides to shift long held oppressions on campuses aimed at staff, faculty, students, and neighboring communities alike.
Check it out here.