Noose Found at Racist UCSD where White Frats had Comptom Cookout

Noose found at Geisel Library, message to Guardian says more are coming

There is much to be said about the last week at UCSD, but for right now it is imperative to know what exactly is going on.

 A noose has been found hanging off of a light at Geisel Library. This is connected to the racial tensions of the last few weeks, just the most recent manifestation of a long-standing racism that is deep within every breath we take at UCSD. It is our history; we cannot avoid it. We must look it right in the eyes. Here’s a link to Student Regent Jesse Bernal’s page on the topic, with a picture of the noose for documentation purposes. I don’t want to alienate people by showing the offensive picture here, but I want people to have the relevant visual aid for this post, so they know this is some real shit. Some people need to see it. Others may disagree; our comment box is always open.

noose found at ucsd library UCSD is racist. Let’s take a second to note that. UCSD is racist. In the meantime, let us remember the words of a wise man: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” Spotted exactly one week after the words “Compton Lynching” were seen in the Koala’s office, this message from UCSD’s white-supremacists was accompanied by a separate message to the Guardian that more were coming. Certain elements within our generally sickening student body have decided to taunt students of color with the most potent symbolism of white-on-black violence in America, just for funsies. This is what students who don’t stand for something are being asked to fall for. If I’ve gotten to know this school as well as I thought I have in 12 years connected to it, I think a lot of white people here are going to fall for it.

 Let me state first off that if you think this is funny, you’re probably the kind of person I wouldn’t miss. I can only speak for myself here.

 Secondly, there’s a disturbing trend in white activism, including my own, to depersonalize the real pain and suffering of real people in our moral and political judgments. There are plenty of objective political reasons and shining moral reasons to oppose this disgusting display of white power. But what have moved me most in the last few hours are the personal thoughts of a few students of color I’ve been privileged to read from. I will share these on this forum, so that, if only for a moment, we are thinking about the real-life horror that UCSD students are imposing upon one another.

 As you read these, if you have the privilege of being emotionally removed from the situation, think about how you would feel as a student, worker or teacher of color walking this campus, knowing you are outnumbered up to 18 times over by people who throw so-called Compton cookouts, drop N-bombs on all-campus TV, push you off of committees if you are perceived as a threat, and hang nooses in the library for kicks. Would you feel safe? Would you feel like the campus you’ve put years of hard work and insomnia into belongs to you like it does to other people? Do you? Students of color, how does this event change your perception of the campus you live, work, teach, study, play and dream on?

 We welcome all comments on this matter except that I will try to keep this a safe space for people who are already being ridiculed, dehumanized, and spat upon enough. If you have to ask what that means, chances are you’d be better served by some cheap-thrills message board or morning show.

 Disclaimer: the individuals quoted are not affiliated with Forward and did not specifically approve their thoughts being posted; I will delete the relevant quotes if they ask, though.

 A statement from one antiracist organizer, reminding us of why this kind of imagery is considered such a vicious personal threat for black students here:

“We are in a state of emergency my friends. Latest news is that a NOOSE was found hanging on the 7th floor of Geisel Library. People ask whats the big deal? Why is everyone so upset? I’ll tell you why take note of this excerpt in the autobiography of Angelo Herndon titled “Let Me Live”:

“I know many stories about Negroes who were lynched on no more just provocation than this. Sometimes the lynch mobs need neither provocation nor excuse to carry on their bestial orgies. Often I used to read with horror about the lynching of some Negro worker in the South. The most gruesome, the most disgusting lynching story I ever heard was that which concerned Hayes and Mary turner, Negro sharecroppers in Georgia. They were pauperized and their landlord had tried to rob them of everything they had produced on their land with the toil of their hands and the seat of their brows. The share cropper was man enough to stand up for his rights. He demanded that the farm products be divided equally, as had been agreed upon at the beginning of the year. The landlord grew violently abusive. He threatened him and said he would “fix” him. Terrified out of his wits, for he knew that his landlord would not stop at anything to revenge himself, Hayes Turner tried to make a quite getaway. But his landlord had not allowed grass to grow on his track. He quickly organized a posse of hooligans and the most disreputable elements in the community and gave chase to the runaway. The posse, led by the County Sheriff, caught up with Hayes Turner at the fork of the road near Barney. THEY STRUNG HIM UP ON A TREE AT WAYSIDE WHERE HE HUNG FOR TWO DAYS. Hysterical and grief-stricken, Mrs. Turner was heard to remark that she would have the lynchers arrested. When the lynch mob heard of her determination they decided they were going to teach her a lesson for such a presumption. Although she was in the eighth month of her pregnancy, THEY STRUNG HER TO A TREE AND BROKE HER NECK. THEY HANGED HER BY HER FEET AND POURED GASOLINE OVER HER. As she burned, the mob howled with glee. Then one maniac, wielding a hog-splitting knife, RIPPED HER BELLY OPEN AND THE LITTLE INFANT FELL OUT. ONE OF THE LYNCHERS STAMPED THE INFANT WITH HIS HOBNAILED SHOES INTO THE EARTH. Then the mob, driven with wild bestiality, began to howl like wolves and in their criminal sadism fired hundreds of bullets into her lifeless body.”

This my friends is the BIG DEAL. This my friends is what a noose symbolizes and if the individual that put this up or the individuals that agree with that person putting this noose up for everyone to see agrees then they are perpetuating this very act of violence and genocide of a group of human beings. So now it’s time to mobilize MORE THAN EVER before. It is time to come together in solidarity and struggle. Tomorrow 8am library walk WEAR ALL BLACK AND BE READY TO HAVE OUR VOICES HEARD!!!!!!”

Finally, most personally, a text message from a friend, herself a student of color at UCSD:

“I don’t feel good about this. Reading the noose thing just filled me with such fear and now I’m trying to stop crying.”

How would you feel if your sister wrote this? Your cousin? Your mother? Yourself?

Before last night, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to a white Southern college from the 1930s. After this morning, we’ll see what UCSD looks like.

In the meantime, those of you who don’t go to UCSD: Burn down the state’s rotten, racist institutions in solidarity. Let your righteous anger be your guide. The issues of campus climate and academic access deserve your full attention.

February 26th, 2010 | Tags: | Category: Uncategorized 

2 comments to Noose found at Geisel Library, message to Guardian says more are coming

  • Montana

    The noose. So, what exactly will the excuses be for this cowardly act that brings up memories of the confederate KKK of the South in their attempts to keep slavery and the non-whites in fear? Is it that are uneducated, is it that they are live in fear because our President in the white house is not 100% white. This is what the republican party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” have brought you. These kids follow what their dullard leaders say, are you surprise at what they do when you know what they think.

  • Chiggs

    First off, let me say that it is ridiculous that the recent conflict has escalated to the point where death threats have been made. It is upsetting and unacceptable that people feel “free speech” can be displayed through threatening symbols such as a noose. I am completely outraged at this event.
    But with that said, in response to the caption of the noose photo, how can you pin a demeaning and hatful term such as racist on an entire student body. Clearly there are racists people at UCSD, there are racist people at every school. the actions of UCSDs administration have given the white supremacists an excuse to react with hate. But in no way can you slogan UCSD as racist. The majority of the people here are certainly not. If the noose was an isolated issue, i can guarantee there would be thousands of students marching at the protest this morning. But there events are so tied up in a wide array of actions that have taken place over the past few weeks, demeaning all students and faculty at UCSD.
    The people that placed the noose and promised more to come are cowardly, hateful, and yes, racist. Their threatening message should and does call for action. It sickens me that people like this are still around in the 21st century.


13 comments on “Noose Found at Racist UCSD where White Frats had Comptom Cookout

  1. It is unbelievable that someone could be so upset over a noose. But expecting rational reactions from emotional wrecks is unreasonable.

    I would like them to ID the person that put the noose there. Last time this happened at NYU, it was the black professor that put the noose on her own door in order to stir up tensions and sympathy for herself. Wouldn’t surprise me if this were a similar situation.

    Can’t you find a real problem to cry about…?

  2. “UCSD is racist.” Wow… how ignorant and dunce of you to make such a statement. How old are you? UCSD is not racist. I’m a minority and even disagree with that. Look at the world around you! There are plenty of racists to go around. The party was offensive, not racist. The only thing that should be considered racists was the noose ordeal. But learn how to write and think analytically you moron.

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  4. For those wondering what Jiggaboo Jones has to say, here’s an audio interview. In a nutshell, he thinks everyone over-reacted.

    I would like to add that I myself am also a minority (mexican immigrant), and I do not consider UCSD racist. The real issue here is that the American Educational system is _institutionally_ racist, due to history. Our educational system has been made to cater to the white middle class. Now, I still stand in solidarity with the black community at UCSD, because if racism weren’t still a real problem, they wouldn’t have felt as hurt as they were. They were legitimately hurt and had every right to feel as they did. I myself have had my own struggles as a mexican immigrant. That being said, UCSD is not racist, the problem is an underlying SOCIAL issue that needs to be fixed. It’s the nation’s problem, not solely UCSD.

  5. UCSD is racist? How overly simplistic to generalize to the whole university for the actions of a very few individuals. Oh, and let the record show that the woman who confessed to hanging the noose was a minority student herself and is pleading to no intentions of racist actions. 1) she forgot about it and left it behind next to her desk? I’m sure hanging it up for everyone to see was just her innocent forgetfulness. And what about the threat letter sent to the guardian about more nooses to follow? Yeah, innocent my ass. How’s that egg on your face taste?

  6. Racism begins with our families, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents, people we admire, respect and love.

    However, as we grow and mature we come to the realization that what we were told by our family when we were children were slanted lies base on their prejudices. We realize that most people are like ourselves and not so different and want the same things, like a home, steady work, a Medicare plan and schools for our children (if you travel you will see this). We realize that most people are of good hearts and goodwill.

    This reminds me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn’t stop to help him. Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need. Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the “I” into the “thou,” and to be concerned about his fellow man.

    You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”

    But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

    That’s the question before us. The question is not, “If I stop to help our fellow man in need, what will happen to me?” The question is, “If I do not stop to help our fellow man, what will happen to him or her?” That’s the question.

    God bless all my brothers and sister that stood side by side with our brothers and sisters in need, when you saw a wrong you tried to correct it, you may argue the methods but not the reasons. I know God will not discriminate by country of origin, our sex, our orientation, color of our skin, or our religion as men do.

  7. UCSD is definitely not racist… however I suspect that you are Davey. I graduated from UCSD and I can say that the university and every person I met there was not a racist. As for Koala, they are very very loosely affiliated with UCSD and I don’t speak for the paper. I just want to say that blindly calling 30,000+ people and an entire institution racist is a malign and uneducated statement with no real facts to substantiate the claim. You have a picture of a jump rope that was left hanging from a light (not a tree) inside a library (not a kkk banquet hall) by a minority student. Yes, clearly UCSD is up there among the ranks of apartheid regimes.

  8. (1) UCSD: A group of dumb white frat guys hold an event called a “Compton Cookout.” This pisses people off as it used Black History Month as a reason to mock black people with racist stereotypes. Also involved is some idiot who tries to use this opportunity for shameless self-promotion, who also happens to be black. To say the least, the guy is basically a wannabe Flavor Flav.

    (2) UCSD: Another dumb white frat guy gets mad that blacks are offended of being relegated to a bigoted stereotype. He tries to hold another racist event.

    (3) UCSD: Meanwhile, a terrible student media publication (which, after viewing their website consists of all white staff, nudity, staff wrestling each other, and well, not much else), pushes their limits calling black students “ungrateful n——” – not just that word, but also that apparently the black students owed them something. They have a reputation of being trashy, and at this point, administration and faculty rush to condemn racism by students of the campus and various protests begin. Funding is also cut from all student media at UCSD, creating an extra bitter controversy.

    (4) UCSD: On Friday of that week, a noose is found in the library. Everything gets worked in a frenzy and – something I’ll address later – a large amount of white commenter’s on the internet begin claiming that is was probably a black student who planted it in order to gain more sympathy. In addition, there are rumors of a threatening note sent to the Guardian and a second noose, there was no second noose, and the threat seems to be just a rumor.

    (6) UCSD: Protests basically happen at all schools in support of the students. There are various sit-ins, and teach-ins, and what have you. School administrators become pushed to be more active in fixing what’s going on.

    I have not seen this noose person, but most of you blame her and conveniently forget wear this all originated. Dear Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush and Savage your chickens have come home to roost.

  9. It’s pretty nuts how quickly this cookout got out of hand.. and the commotion it ended up causing. It is understandable how so many people got angry about this though..

  10. Racism in students can be a big indicator of a lot more than just what is on the surface.

    In 2006 in Austin, Texas, there was a ghetto fabulous party and a lot of University of Texas students attended, including Richard J.A. Hillary, who was the main one singled out at that party because (a) on his livejournal blog, he chose to publish a picture of himself in blackface from a party he attended earlier that summer, and (b) at the party, he was in his usual drag but this time with afro wig, hot pants, gold chains, and a nametag with a stereotypical Afrocentric name on it. Those pics were plastered all over the web & the dean called him in for questioning. Nothing could be done because it wasn’t a sanctioned UT Austin party, but Richard Hillary’s racism was apparent to everyone – and nobody did anything. Someone like that has obvious mental problems and Richard Hillary is no different. After graduating, the only job he could find was as an hourly tutor. He even managed to display his racism there too – He told an entire class full of LSAT tutoring customers that his grandmother has a cat named “nigger”.

    Richard Hillary’s racist attitude, hatred, and negativity resulted in Richard Hillary getting zero real job offers. The meager tutoring job he has hardly covers his huge bills that he is in default for (student loans and medical bills – those enormous jagged red scars on his beer belly were from a surgery he had for colitis and he didn’t have insurance so he’s in huge debt). He doesn’t even have a car or his own place to stay he has to rent a bedroom from an acquaintance. Since he’s a racist, it’s not sad. It’s so funny that asshole racists eventually get what they deserve.

    Richard Hillary is just angry, period. Most racists are. I think most of it comes from his colitis problems. His J-pouch surgery was unsuccessful and now he has constant diarrhea and has to use the bathroom sometimes 20 times a day. So instead of dealing with his health problems in a normal way, he lashes out in the form of racism. That has to be bad for your self esteem and mental health, but speaking of mental health, he also seriously bragged to another tutoring classs that he is bipolar, like that’s funny. He’s been dumped by so many of his former friends and he has to resent the fact that most of them have gone onto successful jobs and he’s practically like a homeless/displaced person.

    He’s a raging alcoholic as well. Then now there’s the whole issue with Richard Hillary being part of a “teen model” and child porn ring. I would say he needs help, but child predators can’t be cured, and any man who downloads, steals, belongs to a ring, or has anything at all to do with pictures of underage kids in sexualized poses wearing see through clothes is beyond mentally ill. Richard Hillary has been named in a law suit by a photographer of “teen models” (underage girls wearing see through nighties and string bikinis – pseudo child porn) and even emailed the photographer asking him to drop the suit. The guy posted it online, including Richard’s email, IP address, phone number, and address. The law suit is still on but I’m disturbed Richard Hillary obviously masturbates to pictures of children and that’s just scary. Has he preyed upon underage kids in the past?
    Here is the website of the man suing Richard Hillary, and there’s a copy of the email Richard sent to ask him to drop the lawsuit. That request was DENIED. —

    Back to the racist party, UT distanced itself from the incident but I want to know why there are no proactive measures at the University of Texas at Austin for dealing with ignorance about race differences. Other campuses have such programs and UT should too.

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