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I am serious... and don't call me Shirley.

Call me cynical, but this is one of those stories that I just know would be really embarrassing for a lot of people should the truth come out. The truth being whatever "crime" was committed had been perpetrated by a member of a "protected class" in an effort to manufacture outrage and sympathy.

The University of California San Diego has suspended a student who admitted to hanging a noose in a campus library, school officials announced Friday.

"We are feeling real pain, and we will take real action," said UCSD chancellor Marye Anne Fox told reporters. "The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is my primary concern."

The student, whose identity was not released, admitted Friday to police at the University of California San Diego that she hung a noose Thursday night in the library, police said.

"Detectives have interviewed the student and taken a statement," UCSD police said in a release. "The investigation is ongoing as we continue to identify and interview witnesses."

After Thursday's discovery, hundreds of people joined a campus rally to oppose racial intolerance. "It's OK to feel hurt and angry about this," said one participant. "We've been silent for too long."

The set up is so perfect you almost expect Leslie Nielsen to stick his head in the chancellor's office and say, "I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you."

The offending noose clearly wasn't placed there by a white male. Had it been, we could expect his name, age, photo, and known attendance at a local Tea Party protest to have been broadcast along with the condemnations of intolerance. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it was almost certainly a black student - and we already know it was a "she".

It wouldn't be surprising to find out "she" was rather active in campus identity politics either.

On Friday, the school announced several measures it was taking in response to recommendations from its Black Student Union. They include the establishment of a task force on minority faculty recruitment, a new commission to addressing declining African-American enrollment and finding space for an African-American resource center.

"I want to emphasize these are the initial steps, and I realize we have a lot of work ahead of us," Fox said.

The noose incident occurred two weeks after Black History Month was mocked in an off-campus party that was condemned by the school.

It's unclear how long the student is suspended for.

Way to take one for the team. She gets a one day suspension and no mention of the incident on her transcripts/record and the Black Student Union gets a gaggle of its recommendations enacted as a result of her ginned up controversy.

Did you hear about the controversy at UCSD?

At UCSD? What is it?

It's a publicly-funded university where political correctness and identity politics are valued over practical knowledge and rational discussion, but that's not important right now.

Update: "It's unclear how long the student is suspended for." Nice grammar there multiple-layers-of-fact-checking-and-editing-mainstream-media-member CNN. Let me fix that for you - It is unclear for how long the student is suspended. I'd wager the person who wrote that sentence went to a school a whole lot like UCSD...


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A preposition is a terrible... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

A preposition is a terrible thing to end a sentence, uh, with.

If it was really a white male, we'd be having congressional hearings, a public trial and another thrown together-hate crimes bill by Monday.

But never mind. Move along, folks.

The university administrati... (Below threshold)
Edward Sisson:

The university administration has a responsibility to its own students to make clear and public whether the noose was put up by a person who actually feels racial intolerance against African-Americans. If the person who put it up was not in fact motivated by that prejudice, the person was instead trying to portray the student body in a false light.

A university administration that participates in an effort to portray its own student body in a false light is an administration that has forfeited any claim that it has the best interests of its student body foremost in its mind.

It is also a university administration that has forfeited any claim that it insists on accuracy in the reporting of facts and incidents that form the basis of our impressions of what our society is. This, in turn, undermines the credibility of all the work of all the professors in the social sciences who are on the teaching and research staff under that administration.

It may well be appropriate that considerations of student privacy mean that the particulars of the perpetrator ought not be revealed -- but if this is so, no policy can be grounded on presumptions about who that person is and why that person acted. By maintaining student privacy and yet founding policy changes upon presumptions about the student, the university places itself in a position where it must reveal the particulars that it claims it may not reveal.

It's a publicly-fu... (Below threshold)
jim m:
It's a publicly-funded university where political correctness and identity politics are valued over practical knowledge and rational discussion

I know you were joking, but it really is the definition of academia today.

It should have read: A publicly-funded university is where political correctness and identity politics are valued over practical knowledge and rational discussion.

There. That's better.

My guess is that this was a... (Below threshold)
jim m:

My guess is that this was a black student, probably active in he Black Student Union and probably majoring in some worthless "studies" curriculum.

Were the student white they would have published a name and expelled the student without due process.

Seriously, the hanging of a noose on university property is, today, more often than not an act of a minority activist seeking to defame white faculty/students and coerce the university into make concessions to minority interest groups.

Hey Jim m,"It shou... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

Hey Jim m,

"It should have read: A publicly-funded university is where political correctness and identity politics are valued over practical knowledge and rational discussion."

Well, considering the overreactions of BOTH sides (the on campus TV show a couple of weeks ago, and now this incident from the "other" camp), how would you handle this situation? What's your solution?

This is most definitely a two-sided (at least) problem, IMO. And these kinds of social/political clashes happen all the time--on campuses and off. The problem here is that while there are definitely some genuine concerns (from both sides), there are also more than enough people who are more interested in ratcheting the situation up to a higher level than in actually resolving the conflict. Again, there are instigators on various sides of this.

So what would you do to encourage rational discussion about this? Blame one side, blame both? Blame specific individuals? What's your fair, rational, and just solution to this?

Ending a sentence with a pr... (Below threshold)
Basil Author Profile Page:

Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I shall not put.

Your mocking of ending sent... (Below threshold)

Your mocking of ending sentences with prepositions is one grammatical criticism up with which I will not put.

Gah! Someone else read Chur... (Below threshold)

Gah! Someone else read Churchill, and I didn't refresh before posting.

I think the universities ne... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I think the universities need to stop pandering o the far left. The coddling of the faculty at Duke over the LaCrosse scandal was shameful. The faculty was way out of line.

Abolishing the stupid and anti-intellectual speech codes that are so popular in our universities would be a step in the right direction. Universities seem to think that clamping down on free speech will make things better. All it does is breed resentment among the people it suppresses and entitlement among those whose ideas it promotes.

Stopping the left from shouting down conservative speakers on campus and stopping discrimination against student groups based on their political or religious views would be a step in the right direction too.

Severe punishments for the faculty demagogues who perpetrate the offenses to reason that have happened at Duke and Columbia and elsewhere would be good too.

Just like in this case minority interests are taking an OFF campus incident and milking it for concessions and PC bs. So the Black Student Union gets a building built as a reward for their agitating? Yes by all means let's reward the shrill cranks on the left again and blame whites and conservatives without offering any proof that it was anyone representing those groups who was involved in the noose incident.

Living just up the coast fr... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Living just up the coast from UCSD, it appears to be a big to-do about NOTHING....and being used by 'activists' to gain advantage on campus.

GarandFan,Are you ... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

GarandFan,

Are you in SD County or OC or LA? I am out of state right now, but I am originally from the San Diego area.

"Living just up the coast from UCSD, it appears to be a big to-do about NOTHING....and being used by 'activists' to gain advantage on campus."

Here's the thing. I have had plenty of experience with these sorts of events on campuses--especially during my undergrad. Overreaction is a pretty common part of these kinds of incidents.

This is not meant to downplay the fact that real issues can and do crop up. Racism, sexism, violence, and discrimination (of all sorts), does happen.

But one of the problems is that certain groups latch onto these kinds of incidents and make them worse. They are more about creating bigger issues than actually solving anything--and these kinds of things can quickly get out of hand.

The best thing to do is wait until all the facts are known. All too often a bunch of people start jumping to conclusions and making things worse. Big problem.

jim m,"I think the... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

jim m,

"I think the universities need to stop pandering o the far left. The coddling of the faculty at Duke over the LaCrosse scandal was shameful. The faculty was way out of line."

I think that universities should avoid pandering to any extreme political position. I have definitely seen departments that are more about ideology than they are about education--and that can be a real problem. As Max Weber once said, the classroom is not the place for political indoctrination, especially since there is a captive audience. This goes for any side of the spectrum.

"Stopping the left from shouting down conservative speakers on campus and stopping discrimination against student groups based on their political or religious views would be a step in the right direction too."

Discrimination cuts both ways, you're right. I have seen this sort of crap, and it highlights the hypocrisy of some on the far left. In the name of "peace" they stifle opposing points of view. Ironic, all things considered.

And I agree with you that discrimination based upon political or religious views should absolutely not be tolerated.

"Just like in this case minority interests are taking an OFF campus incident and milking it for concessions and PC bs."

There was one off campus incident and a related on campus incident. I would like to hear more of the details, but overall it seems to me that this whole thing could have been handled better. There is race-based discrimination on campuses, and there are various versions of it. So these thing should be taken seriously--but there should also be a serious and concerted effort to avoid blowing everything out of proportion. From what I know, all of these events stem from the actions of a few individuals.

"Yes by all means let's reward the shrill cranks on the left again and blame whites and conservatives without offering any proof that it was anyone representing those groups who was involved in the noose incident."

I think people often jump to conclusions in these kinds of cases without waiting for all of the information. This is one more instance. It's best to wait for the facts to come out before organizing the protests and the revolution of the week. I think this should apply to all sides of the political spectrum, by the way.*

*I know, that usually gets me negative points around here. But jumping to conclusions is not just a hallmark of the extreme left.


11> "...wait until all the ... (Below threshold)
RicardoVerde:

11> "...wait until all the facts are known."

I wholeheartedly agree, but the problem is the schools themselves are so atuned to PC mush brain that THEY are the prime instigators of jumping to conclusions (as noted by others Duke Lacrosse... Have the 88 apologized yet?).

How soon before the permena... (Below threshold)
Don L:

How soon before the permenantly aggrieved dress up like indians and dump tea in the harbor in order to magnify their victimhood.

I do not wish to be raciall... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

I do not wish to be racially insensitive here but it there any evidence those who lynched people took the time to tie a hangmans noose? Judge Parker hung more whites than black people. The hangman's knot has a history much longer than its use as a symbol of a racial nature. This is just another false claim to justify the inability to incorporate into mainstream society by those trying to get something they did not earn.

There is a Bigot in our mid... (Below threshold)
SER:

There is a Bigot in our midst! Don L used the derogatory term "indians." He should be sent for sensitivity training!

Ricardo,"I wholehe... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

Ricardo,

"I wholeheartedly agree, but the problem is the schools themselves are so atuned to PC mush brain that THEY are the prime instigators of jumping to conclusions (as noted by others Duke Lacrosse... Have the 88 apologized yet?)."

Here is what I think about the whole PC thing. I think that people have to learn how to hear opposing points of view WITHOUT overreacting. People have to learn how to handle different political points of view, and they have to learn how to disagree with some measure of respect. That's why free speech is important.

I think it's important that universities are places where different political and social opinions are hashed out. There SHOULD be debate and different perspectives in college. It should be a place where ideas come together, and where students figure out what their positions and opinions are. College should not be about indoctrination--from any political position.

Ryan,As far as I c... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Ryan,

As far as I can tell all the shrill protests in this case have come from the left. Yes the right is equally capable of shrill protest. But I don't see that happening here.

I think the administration ... (Below threshold)
Barack Obama:

I think the administration acted stupidly.

What's the betting that the... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

What's the betting that the "demonstration" and the Black Student Union's "recommendations" were both organized before the noose was found?

Tawana Brawley goes to UCSD... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Tawana Brawley goes to UCSD? Who knew?

The orginal off-campus even... (Below threshold)
Truthful Citizen:

The orginal off-campus event which sparked the controversy was run by Jigaboo Jones, a black comedian who spoofs racial stereotype, to coincide with the release of his latest DVD. He posted a YouTube video to condemn UCSD's Black Student Union's overreaction to the party.

"It's unclear how long the ... (Below threshold)
The Atom Bomb of Loving Kindness:

"It's unclear how long the student is suspended for."
There's no problem with that. English isn't Latin, and in English (like every other Germanic language)there are times when it is acceptable to end a sentence with a preposition. There are several 'rules' about English grammar which were derived in the 18th and 19th century by certain Englishmen who thought that English needed to be more like Latin so as to reflect their ideas that England was the natural successor to Rome. The fact that they were more closely related to the Germanic hordes that destroyed Rome was more than a little embarassing to them.
It is ok to boldly split infinitives all you want, and prepositions are perfectly fine things to end a sentence with.
Because English isn't Latin.

Well, on the bright side fo... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Well, on the bright side for kollege stewdints in this day and age, they don't even have to worry about trying to get jobs after graduation, given the fact there are none available.

Well there you go. A black... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Well there you go. A black comedian spoofs racial stereotypes in an off campus party and some humorless leftists get their undies in a bunch. Then following the action of a student, whose identity is unknown and the secrecy surrounding their discipline suggests that they are a minority, the UCSD administration caves to the Black (Victimology Studies) Student Alliance.

Is it me or does this sound like the mohammad cartoons redux?

This sort of protest demons... (Below threshold)
superdestroyer:

This sort of protest demonstrates how weak and stupid conservatives are. Giving special privileges to black students (or any other ethnic group) is against the law in California.

Conservatives who are really interested in governance and policy would have filed a lawsuit before the end of the day Friday and start served the UCSD as quickly as possible. If the UCSD president and administration new they were facing subpoenas and disclosure.

However, conservatives would rather stand around and complain instead of taking action to force the government to comply with the law.

Giving special privilege... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Giving special privileges to black students (or any other ethnic group) is against the law in California.

What a sense of humor you've got!

Chancellor Fox ought to be ... (Below threshold)
Stanley:

Chancellor Fox ought to be consistent!

After the way she and other top UCSD administrators chose to disregard the civil rights of the peaceable students who attended a private off-campus and non-university-affiliated party on their own time, how can they come back now and adopt a more permissive attitude to this later, much more serious incident?

It would be very hypocritical to show any leniency to whoever did this crime in the UCSD library, regardless of the perp's race or ethnicity.

To me the overwhelming mistake in this case was the initial decision by Chancellor Fox to throw the University's full weight into a matter where the University clearly had no legal or moral basis whatsoever for becoming involved.

The "Compton Cookout" party may have been reprehensible to many people, perhaps justifiably so, (depending on one's understanding of the very limited information available about this private off-campus party which took place several weeks ago), but anyone's disapproval of this party did not in any way justify the University in trampling on or ignoring the civil rights of any students who chose to attend that party.

Chancellor Fox, as a representative of a public institution, chose to set the government's resources in opposition to the rights of private citizen students, based on her own half-baked ideas of how to eliminate racism in society. She is entitled to her own ideas. She is not entitled to use government resources to attempt to roll over any citizen's private civil rights.

Shutting down the student media at UCSD was a further example of disregard for the rights of students.

It seems to me that the UCSD administrators adopted such a "true believer" mentality in this matter that they seemed no longer to be able to discern or even to care about where their own rights ended and the rights of others began.

The Koala incident, while most unfortunate, was I think partly understandable as a reaction to the misuse of power by Chancellor
Fox and her administration. And again, however ignorant their views, Koala commentators have civil rights too.

And, like it or not, students have rights and those rights involved free speech and free association.

Seeing their rights being disrespected, how surprising is it that student's reacted?

I think a lot of the subsequent events at UCSD were precipitated by the heavy-handed attitude evidenced in this initial wrong-headed decision adopted at the outset by these few UCSD top administrators.

Her actions also, in my opinion, seemed to suggest that Chancellor Fox really holds the overall UCSD community in very low regard, as she seemed to completely agree with the BSU that by and large racism is a major problem throughout the UCSD community.

Frankly, I found the Chancellor's seeming complete disinclination to come to the defense of the wider campus community in this matter a bit insulting and completely puzzling. Throughout this matter she seemed perfectly willing to throw us all under the bus at the behest of the BSU.

And so, since UCSD's top administrator's were not interested in asking questions about context before launching a witch hunt for a few students who, while acting totally within their rights, decided to attend a private, off-campus party, to me it would be blatantly hypocritical for the University administration to now decide to take outside extenuating circumstances into consideration when deciding how to discipline a serious misdeed in a context where the University really does have the jurisdiction and the responsibility to act.

You guys can argue about wh... (Below threshold)
MathLady:

You guys can argue about whether to end sentences with prepositions all day if you like, but the fact is that the word "for" was redundant here. A good reporter would have left it out.

However, there's no way you can defend the poor editing earlier in the article where the reporter quoted the chancellor:

"We are feeling real pain, and we will take real action," said UCSD chancellor Marye Anne Fox told reporters.

Either use "said" or use "told reporters" -- don't use both. Amateur editing.

But back to the matter at hand...If the student committed a crime, (The original article says she did.) then won't her identity eventually be public record? This will be interesting.

Jay Guevara, Prop ... (Below threshold)
superedestroyer:

Jay Guevara,

Prop 209 makes it illegal for black students to have special privledge. But the idiot Republicans in California forget that lawsuits are a way to force the state to follow the law. Liberal activist run to court at the drop of a hat but conservatives will abandon law law that takes any effort to enforce.

Also, the Gratz Vs. Bollinger decision is also clear that separate and unequal is unconstitutional When conservatives get serious about defending the rights of Americans instead of whining about their failures, we will all be better off.

Reading a thread on another... (Below threshold)

Reading a thread on another blog earlier this week about the UCSD "BBQ" in protest of black history month I came across an interesting comment. The school administration had sent an email about the "BBQ" and the interesting thing noted in the comment was: the email was sent to all 26,000 students and all 23,000 staff.

Look at that ratio. Then look at it again. And then ask if this school needs MORE administrators:

They include the establishment of a task force on minority faculty recruitment, a new commission to addressing declining African-American enrollment and finding space for an African-American resource center.

California is broke and yet they refuse to accept this fact. Every problem they face (real or imagined) they try to solve with the same solution - spend more money, hire more employees.

Just sit back and watch it all go down in flames, as it must.

"When conservatives get ... (Below threshold)
Bigplankton:

"When conservatives get serious about defending the rights of Americans instead of whining about their failures, we will all be better off."

You mean defending the rights of White people. Everybody else on Earth already has their rights defended, and get special rights as well. White people get nothing and have no representation.

Bigplankton, No, I... (Below threshold)
superdestroyer:

Bigplankton,

No, I meant all people. If the government discriminates on the basis of race, sex, or ethnicity, then all conservatives should be against it.

I assume you mean that currently, the government discriminates against whites. However, the government has a long history of discriminating against blacks and it has always been wrong.

Superdestroyer (of intellig... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Superdestroyer (of intelligent discourse no doubt)

Conservatives are against discrimination whether it be based on race, sex etc. The difference comes in that liberals believe that the only way to remove discrimination is to focus obsessively on race and pass quota laws that require every entity to maintain a racial mix that reflects liberal sensitivities not reality.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr dreamed of a time when people would be treated on the basis of the ability and character. Today's liberals have completely inverted that dream. Liberals create laws that require government and companies to treat people as the sum of their status as members of victim groups.

Evidence of the racism inherent in liberalism is your own racist depiction of Prop 209 which reads in part:

(a) The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.

Please explain where the laws states that Blacks alone of all racial groups must not recieve special treatment.

Please point out where the proposition makes any claims for or against a specific race, sex etc.

Discrimination is wrong. Conservatives just happen to be intelligent enough to realize that discrimination for the purpose of recompensing an aggrieved group is wrong as well.

Like most liberals, you see fairness and morality as tools to get your way not as principles to be continually and universally applied.

"It's unclear how long the ... (Below threshold)
dsc:

"It's unclear how long the student is suspended for." Nice grammar there multiple-layers-of-fact-checking-and-editing-mainstream-media-member CNN. Let me fix that for you - It is unclear for how long the student is suspended. I'd wager the person who wrote that sentence went to a school a whole lot like UCSD

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Actually, that's perfectly correct for English which typically follows Germanic grammar rules. The style that you recommend as a correction (i.e., placing the preposition at the end) emerged in Victorian England when scholars tried to make English seem more like Latin, in keeping with Britain's status as the most powerful empire in the world. There's plenty about this on the web. Here's one source:

http://grammartips.homestead.com/prepositions1.html

Jim UCSD is propos... (Below threshold)
superdestroyer:

Jim

UCSD is proposing special mentoring for blacks, black only lounges, and black only organizations to make UCSD less hostile. Anything provided to black students that is not provided to other students is race based special privilege and prohibited by California state law.

Conservative activist, if they cared about conservative principles, should already have been to court getting an injunction prohibiting special privileges for black students and should be filing a lawsuit against UCSD for race based discrimination.

How long to you think it would take the ACLU and NAACP to file a lawsuit if a university proposed a whites only program?

black only lounges, and ... (Below threshold)
Lester Maddox:

black only lounges, and black only organizations to make UCSD less hostile.

Hey, here's an idea: how about we set aside the backs of buses and certain lunch counters just for blacks?

Superdestroyer:... (Below threshold)
Bigplankton:

Superdestroyer:

No, I meant all people. If the government discriminates on the basis of race, sex, or ethnicity, then all conservatives should be against it.

I agree, and we are against it, but apparently not forcefully enough because widespread discrimination against white people continues full speed ahead with affirmative action in government, in universities, in corporations. Everyone on Earth is eligible for AA except Europeans. What kind of shit is that?

Where is the fight? The Tea Party should be carrying signs that say end AA. Maybe conservatives will wait until unemployment among white men is 100%.

If you can't beat 'em join. Like you said in the above post, every group has their own groups, organizations and special privileges. Well if we can't end these then we should have our own white groups as well. Conservatives, republicans, should be defending the rights of White people, because that is the group of people who's rights are routinely attacked.





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