New Blog Documenting Racism & Sexism Incidents at UC San Diego

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.

2 thoughts on “New Blog Documenting Racism & Sexism Incidents at UC San Diego

  1. I think universities often have too much control over their public image. This allows some bad scenes to go down without any acknowledgment. So, I think that the blogging idea is a good one. But we all need to be careful about not trampling on the free speech rights of others (even if we find it disturbing). It’s a tricky balance.

    • agreed. what individuals do on their own time whether uni students or not is beyond the scope, but when they use uni materials it ceases to be. It is always best to make a public statement abt “valuing diversity” when things beyond the scope happen to send the message to all parties that the uni does not condone oppression even when it may not be able to follow thru; my understanding is that in this case that wasn’t done until later and then “poorly worded” at best.

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