Friday Feedback: Take Away the Racist Soapbox

istock_000001483014xsmall.jpgFridays the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by James Dehnert Sr commenting on “21st Century Racism on UC San Diego’s Campus,” by Anthony Asadullah Samad.

Here’s James’s comment:

As a proud UCSD graduate, its hard to read about these terrible events as they unfold.

I do not believe that the attitudes of a few students on campus should be mistaken for the attitudes of students in general at UCSD, or in higher education as a whole. I do not believe that racist attitudes are prevalent at UCSD. Its easy for a very small number of people to grab a large number of headlines by this kind of disgusting behavior.

With respect to the KOALA, that paper is notorious for its short sighted, knee jerk publications in search of a laugh. That’s no excuse for its insensitive and inflammatory issue. I believe that UCSD should deal with them in a way that makes it clear that the university won’t endorse, or fund, any hateful speech.

If you look closely at UCSD you will see that this racist behavior is anathema to everything UCSD stands for. Just look at the names of the colleges at UCSD.

  • Thurgood Marshal
  • John Muir
  • Roger Revelle
  • Earl Warren
  • Elenor Roosevelt

These ARE the names of enlightenment in the 20th century, and none of them were chosen lightly or on a whim. If you look at the general education requirements for any of the colleges you will see a great deal of emphasis on multi-cultualism and humanities requirements at all of the colleges.

Finally, I believe that it’s not the universities that are failing us. The failures are on the part of the individuals that see UCSD, or any university, as a soapbox for these racist and hateful viewpoints. Some small minority of students have accepted admission to UCSD and have wasted an opportunity for personal growth and enlightenment. Clearly these spots could have gone to more deserving people.

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