In Protest of UCSD Students "Compton Cookout"
We the undersigned adamantly protest the so-called "Compton Cookout" celebration held by students at UCSD (members of Pi Kappa Alpha and others). It was a disgusting display of racism and dehumanization, and we denounce all such behavior by students, staff, or faculty of the UC system that degrades and misrepresents any cultures, or discriminates against people of any background. As stated in UC San Diego's Principles of Community: "We affirm each individual's right to dignity and strive to maintain a climate of justice marked by mutual respect for each other. We value the cultural diversity of UCSD because it enriches our lives and the university. We celebrate this diversity and support respect for all cultures, by both individuals and the university as a whole. We are a university that adapts responsibility to cultural differences among the faculty, staff, students, and community. We acknowledge that our society carries historical and divisive biases based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and political beliefs. Therefore, we seek to foster understanding and tolerance among individuals and groups, and we promote awareness through education and constructive strategies for resolving conflict. We reject acts of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, political beliefs, and, we will confront and appropriately respond to such acts. We affirm the right to freedom of expression at UCSD. We promote open expression of our individuality and our diversity within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity, confidentiality, and respect. We are committed to the highest standards of civility and decency toward all. We are committed to promoting and supporting a community where all people can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of abusive or demeaning treatment. We are committed to the enforcement of policies that promote the fulfillment of these principles." -------------- We hold the University of San Diego, as well as the rest of the University of California, to these, and similar principles. We expect that these establishments will take action in order to uphold such principles, as well as to make ALL students feel safe and welcome on the University of California campuses. We also implore UCSD to make justifiable attempts to supply the demands of the UCSD Black Student Union.