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Shocker: Noose Stokes Anger At UCSD

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox addressed about 300 students at noon yesterday and read from a prepared statement regarding the investigation of a noose that was discovered in the Geisel Library on campus.

Noose stokes racial anger at UCSD

Students take over chancellor’s office


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Discovery of a noose hanging in the University of California San Diego library set off a fresh round of student demands and demonstrations yesterday that climaxed with the takeover of the chancellor’s office for several hours.

Addressing about 300 distraught students and others gathered on campus, Chancellor Marye [sic] Anne Fox promised to get to the bottom of the “dastardly” crime.

“This is truly a dark day in the history of this university,” Fox said through a bullhorn. “It’s abhorrent and untenable.”

The demonstrators — some in tears, others hoarse from a week of yelling at race-related protests — were not pacified and later occupied a warren of offices next to the locked door of Fox’s personal suite for nearly six hours, starting about noon. Fox and her staff left the building.

About 150 students spread out over desks and floors. Some gave fiery speeches and sang protest songs, while also pleading for calm. Pizza and sandwiches were handed out between chants of, “Real pain, real action!”

Campus police said they received multiple reports of the noose at 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Fashioned out of green rope, it hung on the side of a tall bookcase on the seventh floor of the Geisel Library, next to books on rhetoric and symbolism.

UC authorities say a female student contacted the school about 9 a.m. yesterday and claimed that she and two other people were responsible. The student was suspended. No arrests were immediately reported.

In a statement issued late yesterday, statewide UC President Mark Yudof condemned the act as “a despicable expression of racial hatred.”

“It has no place in civilized society and it will not be tolerated — not on this particular campus, not on any University of California campus,” the statement read. “Appalling acts of this sort cannot go unpunished.”

Campus police classified the crime as “hanging a noose with the intent to terrorize,” a misdemeanor in California that could bring up to a year in prison. Any students involved could also face expulsion.

It was the third racially charged episode involving UCSD students within the past two weeks. The incidents have stirred a level of emotion evocative of the war- and free-speech-related protests that rocked the campus in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The turmoil was initially sparked by an off-campus party Feb. 15, dubbed the “Compton Cookout,” that mocked Black History Month, and by a subsequent show on a student-run TV station that supported the party and called blacks ungrateful, using a racial slur. A piece of cardboard was found at the TV studio with “Compton lynching” written on it.

In the wake of the noose incident, many black students and others say they now fear for their safety on campus, worried that they may be targeted verbally or physically.

“I’m in awe that people can be so hurtful and so vicious,” said Melanie Leon, a Latina. “I don’t know if that is their idea of a joke or not, but those of us that are being affected by this, we take this very seriously.”

After learning about the noose Thursday night, Leon said she was so upset that she asked the campus police to walk her to her car. “It is a really awful experience to be threatened on your own campus,” she said.

Campus police have increased their patrol staff in recent days, as has the San Diego Police Department near campus, including among the student apartment complexes east of the university.

Gary Matthews, a UCSD vice chancellor, told demonstrators yesterday that the female student who claimed responsibility apparently didn’t consider it a serious act, at least initially.

“It’s someone who didn’t think that leaving a noose was an issue,” said Matthews, spurring cries of outrage.

The string of racial incidents has spurred renewed demands that Fox and her staff ramp up efforts to increase the number of blacks and other disadvantaged minorities on campus.

Fox met privately yesterday with leaders of the Black Student Union to discuss their demands, including calls for more funding for programs aimed at attracting and retaining minorities. They plan to resume talks Monday.

Most students learned about the noose from text messages that bounced around the La Jolla campus starting late Thursday.

Daniel Cheng, a political science student, was disturbed by reports that the noose may have been up for more than two hours before authorities were told. Police could not confirm those reports.

“That seems odd,” Cheng said. “I mean, people were just studying right next to it.”

Other students worried that developments are spinning out of control, all because of an off-campus party that they said was little different from others that have been held in the area.

“Why is this particular party becoming so newsworthy?” said Amy Shipley, a junior.

Monica Nguyen had the same question. “I think it’s being blown out of proportion,” she said.

But administrators yesterday repeatedly expressed solidarity with the demonstrators and said their anger is justified. They canceled a birthday party for the late La Jolla resident Theodor Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, that was to be held at noon Tuesday on campus.

“You can’t imagine how pained we are,” Vice Chancellor Penny Rue told the demonstrators. “We are heartsick.”

Yesterday’s protests began about 8 a.m. on Library Walk, near the Price Center. The unrest ceased just before 6 p.m., when demonstrators ended their occupation of Fox’s office, pledging to return Monday

What a load of self-indulgent nonsense.

By the way, notice how the “unrest ceased” just in time for these young heroes to go off to their school prepared dinners. But don’t worry, they will be back to “unrest” some more – after the weekend.

For the record, we suspect very few people would even associate nooses with the lynching of blacks if it were not for race-baiting school courses and our watchdog media.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, February 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

23 Responses to “Shocker: Noose Stokes Anger At UCSD”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Perhaps the noose was a reference to justice in the Old West? Wasn’t California
    known for vigilante action? Seems like being in the “Symbolism” section of the
    library might indicate this, since one relating to race relations would have been
    in the “Community Organization” section.

  2. canary says:

    Surely, a picture of it would be all over you-tube by now.
    May be keeping her name & race secret so isn’t lynched by the mob.

  3. TwilightZoned says:

    First thing that came to my mind was the old west also.

    I find it interesting there are no pictures too. My first
    thought was how do we know this wasn’t intentionally
    done by minority students just to stir up stink? With the
    means justifying the end it certainly isn’t beyond the pale
    at this juncture in history.

  4. jrmcdonald says:

    Hoax. This is a play to get more funding for racist programs.

  5. U NO HOO says:

    As Rush said about something recently, sounds like a fraternity hazing prank.

    Until we find a noose around a hanged body, fuggitaboutit.

  6. eMuse5 says:

    “The incidents have stirred a level of emotion evocative of the war- and free-speech-related protests that rocked the campus in the late 1960s and early 1970s.”

    This just confirms my opinion that many of these liberal student protestors are just trying to be like “those cool hippies who did all that protesting against authority, and stuff.” The 60s are certainly a gift that keeps on giving.

    What a ridiculous bunch of overblown, over emotional nonsense. And with midterms coming up so soon, too! If the person who hung this noose did in fact do it to send a cruel racist message, is this really worth all of the agonizing and “heartsickness” that students and adminstrators are pouring over it? Seems like the student’s act is getting far more attention than she ever would have dreamed, which is probably making her happy.

    I’d like to see a picture of that noose. The fact that it hung there for two hours before anyone noticed is interesting–maybe it hangs in an area where students seldom go? (For some reason the article mentioned that it was next to next to “books on rhetoric and symbolism”. Then again, maybe that explains why it went unnoticed so long.) Maybe it didn’t look like a noose at first glance? And why green rope rather than the old fashioned brown rope they used to use to lynch those poor people? Is it because St. Patrick’s Day is near? Honestly, I need more details.

  7. GL0120 says:

    Isn’t racist (and stupid) to think that blacks were the only people to ever have been hung?
    Of course, if not for racism, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Jeremiah Wright would be out of business.
    Any bets on how long it takes for one or all of them to make their way to the school?

  8. sheehanjihad says:

    What those poor horribly offended dorks dont realize is, that wasnt a noose at all. It was a green nylon leash representing how easily these unbelievably ignorant sheep are led around in endless circles by the race baiting idiots who make a living literally counting on how these simple minded morons will react to something as innocuous as a green rope tied in a loop.

    It is exactly like the Rorschach tests….people will see what they are obsessed with, no matter what shape the ink blot is…simply because they cant help it. In this case, a shoestring, or a stray length of lamp cord would just as easily passed for a racial terrorist act because the mindless idiots who “found” it couldnt see if for what it was. A racist sees racism in everyday objects and normal people’s actions because of their own bigotry and racism.

    Those lunatics need help….lots and lots of chemical alterations to their overactive imaginations. And soon too….before they all have heart attacks because a spider wove a “suspiciously shaped web due to it’s racist environment” in the library corner. Jeeeezus! How can these empty headed fools call themselves “students” and “professors”? Three year old children have better common sense. Wait…

    • TwilightZoned says:

      “Those lunatics need help….lots and lots of chemical alterations to their overactive imaginations.”

      Or a lobotomy.

    • yadayada says:

      I agree sheehanjihad

      how did anyone even find out it was there?
      if I saw something like that and thought it was “offensive” I would simply take it down.
      no one else would even have known it existed.

      also, it was green. was it a hemp rope? would they still be bitching if ?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Tea Party people are labeled right wing nuts and these wackos get upset over a Western necktie.

      The mind is a terrible thing to waste!

  9. VMAN says:

    Was there somebodies head in the noose? NO! So what’s the problem?

  10. yadayada says:

    they just wanted some media attention like sibling college up north. must be infuriating to be the younger sibling!
    “WWHHAAA! why does Berkley get all the attention?!?!”

    the last couple of times this happened (in southern & eastern colleges) it was found that the nooses were placed by ethnic minority students. here is a small sample of racial hoaxes,

    article from Ann Coulter – Oct 2007

    these shenanigans aren’t new and certainly not news. I’m guessing the reason no one has released the identity of the “perpetrator” is because it’s quite possible she is a minority.

    love this…

    “Fox met privately yesterday with leaders of the — Black Student Union — to discuss their demands, including calls for more funding for programs aimed at attracting and retaining minorities.”

    just hazard a guess at the result of anyone even attempting to form a “white student union”?

  11. wirenut says:

    What would have been the outcry had the “noose” been made of condoms? If a mind is a terrible thing to waste, what about a whole generation? Jeeshh!

  12. Mithrandir says:

    I just wonder if there are ANY ADULTS ON CAMPUS?

    How about taking the megaphone and saying,

    “Listen you whinny spoiled brats! It is a peice of rope! Demonstrate how you were harmed by this? If you are offended by a passive string of hemp, you will not make it in this world, and should drop out of college, and live above your parent’s garage! Get over it and move on with your life! No, no no, you are not getting ANY increase in funding for this or that. Nope, you don’t get to abuse the situation to position and grandstand for some political cause. Nope, no more meetings, no more crying, no more tears, get the hell away from my office, or reality will come crashing down on you as you sit in jail for tresspassing! Now move along!”

    Geez, with the spinless adults, and the bratty kids, who is enabling whom here?

  13. DANEgerus says:

    “won’t release race of ” the person that hung the noose is a dead giveaway that it was a staged act by someone with a vested interest in “raising awareness” of a non-existent problem.

  14. misanthropicus says:

    Yuk – Tawna’s back –

  15. jobeth says:

    “Fashioned out of green rope,”

    I don’t know what they are complaining about.

    At least it was “Green”.

    Algore would be proud.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Best part of this is the untold numbers (pun intended) that smoke the rope after the fact.
      California…………go finger!!

  16. Confucius says:

    I think it’s odd that a noose made from green rope hanging in a library is being interpreted as racist and “terrorizing.” This is particularly true since one of the perpetrators confessed she didn’t realize the significance of what she was doing. If the noose was made of white rope and hanging from a tree, I might think differently.

    I think it’s hilarious that students addressed this “dastardly” crime by storming the Chancellor’s office, lying around and eating pizza.

    I think it’s telling that the Black Student Union’s response was to demand money and more favorable matriculation policies.

    The only conlcusion this story leaves me is that UCSD’s students are lazy, stupid and emotionally bent–i.e. liberal Democrats.

    • Mithrandir says:

      It’s a fund raising gimmick. If we could consolidate ALL the demands from black/gay groups over the last 20 years, you would find the same trend a 1000 times over:

      ~Some incident planned or otherwise happens
      ~The offended group makes claim of not being ‘safe.’
      ~People who stand to gain from the incident flood the student newspapers with articles, and demand to hold court of the administration until they give in.
      ~Black student union etc. demand more funding and hiring of more black teachers / staff on campus, more black recruits (all paid for by you of course)
      ~Those that don’t give in immediately are ‘racist.’
      ~More police are ordered to mill around to make it look like they are taking this stupid thing seriously.

      It really is the Jessie Jackson shake-down model, and white liberals’ knees buckle every single time, no question about it.

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