Last week someone left a noose in the UC San Diego library. It was just the latest racially charged incident at the campus…in January there was a fraternity party called the “Compton Cookout” that invited students to show up dressed as their favorite ghetto stereotypes. And then the editor of the Koala, UC San Diego’s humor publication, made a racial slur on student television. All of this has prompted student sit-ins and protests at UC San Diego and other campuses, including UCLA and Berkeley. What is going on here? Is this the result of, or despite, 1996’s Prop. 209, which barred public universities from considering race in admissions? And what must be done to create better understanding and harmony at the UC campuses?
Simone Wilson, Editor-in-chief of the UC Guardian, UC San Diego's student paper
Joe Hicks, social critic and vice-president of Community Advocates, Inc.
Alex Madueña, News Editor of The Highlander, the student newspaper of UC Riverside
Cinthia Flores, president of the UCLA student body