Students Angry After UCSD TV Show Defends 'Compton Cookout'
NAACP Condemns Off-Campus 'Compton Cookout' Thrown By UCSD Students
7:28 AM, Feb 19, 2010
The University of California, San Diego's student-run television station was shut down over racially offensive language, which was used on a program in which an off-campus party held by fraternity members mocking Black History Month was being discussed, it was reported Friday.KPBS reported that UCSD students who operate an alternative newspaper known as The Koala used the racially offensive language on Thursday night.The Koala staff also allegedly left a racially inflammatory note inside the television station that is now in the hands of campus police, according to KPBS.The note on the studio floor read "Compton lynching," according to a local TV station."SRTV did not officially approve any of the content that was aired. This was, I guess you could call it, a rogue broadcast," SRTV Manager Ali Hadian told a local TV station.Monday's party, allegedly organized by some members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, was themed "Compton Cookout" and urged attendees to dress and act in a manner perpetuating racist stereotypes.The fraternity has denied that it sanctioned the event.University officials initially indicated that because the party was held off campus, there may not be grounds to punish those involved under the student code of conduct.After The San Diego Union-Tribune published a story on the party, university officials said they were investigating the incident.Black student leaders attended an emotionally charged forum at UCSD Friday where they handed Chancellor Marye Anne Fox a list of 32 demands, according to KPBS. Those demands ranged from creating a safe, central space for black students on campus to fully funding recruitment efforts for black students, according to the station.Earlier Friday, the NAACP joined a chorus of university officials, students and legislators who have condemned the party."This event was intended and did expose the true feeling of a group of people, who either are racist, who acted out their beliefs, or people who say they are not racist, but engaged in acts that were racist," said Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.The NAACP maintains that if the university does not sanction those involved, it will "send a less than clear message that such future reckless or intentional behavior will not be tolerated, which may embolden the perpetrators, and future perpetrators' beliefs that they will not suffer any serious consequences concerning acts of discrimination and racism, which may cause such actors to act out their racist tendencies in the future."Councilman Tony Young, San Diego's only black City Council member, is scheduled to meet with Fox about the party early next week, according to an aide.Jimmie Slack, Young's chief of staff, said the councilman plans to "talk to the chancellor about what she is doing and ways they can possibly ensure these types of incidents don't happen again."UCSD students, staff and faculty are planning a "teach-in" on Wednesday to discuss the incident and promote "mutual respect and civility on our campus."