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Schwarzenegger condemns 'intolerable acts of racism' at UC San Diego, other campuses

A series of racial and religion controversies involving UC campuses -- including the "Compton Cookout" party and a noose found at UC San Diego -- has been met with concern by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“I am deeply troubled by the horrific incidents that recently took place on various campuses of the University of California system," the governor said in a statement. "The acts of racism and intolerance that we have witnessed are completely unacceptable and I join with the University of California President, Chancellors and student leaders in condemning these terrible incidents."

A UC San Diego student admitted Friday to hanging a rope noose from a campus library bookcase in an act that triggered more protests at a school already roiled by recent racially charged incidents.

Angry students stormed and occupied the office of UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox.

On Feb. 15, an off-campus party, described as a "Compton Cookout," mocked Black History Month, leading to large student protests. A few days later, a campus satirical group defended the party and used a derogatory term about blacks on a campus television show.

At UC Irvine, 11 students were arrested last month for disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador. A New York City-based Zionist group quickly urged college-bound students to drop UC Irvine as a consideration and asked donors to rethink their pledges. A leading Muslim civil rights group asked that charges be dropped against the protesters -- even though charges have not been filed.

In his statement, Schwarzenegger did not cite specific incidents but said he was "condemning the intolerable acts of racism and incivility that recently occurred on multiple campuses in the University of California higher education system."

"There is no excuse for this kind of behavior in our system of higher education or anywhere else and it will not be tolerated," he said.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: UC San Diego grad student Michael Navarro chants with his fellow students during a rally against racial intolerance after a noose was found dangling from a light fixture on the seventh floor of Geisel Library last month. Credit: Nelvin Cepeda / San Diego Union Tribune

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Can we get more coverage on the student protesters? Forget the wanna-be racist kids who know nothing of the past or present. If the only theme they have for a party (and to defend) is a racist cause then this should be grounds for being expelled. As an alumn of UCSD, I'd like for those racist wanna-b's to go to Compton with their film crew & mock someone. Kick them out of school!!!!

Is he including the BSU's comments concerning the "white" campus, even though the student population is only 30% 'white'?

Thanks Mr. Governor,

You talk the talk. But instead of walking the walk,
you did the exact opposite, and approved a ridiculous
32% annual increase in annual U.C. registration fees.
We need leaders who actually help, not just talk,
and then turn around and do just the opposite.
Shame on you, Mr. Governor, for an outlandish increase in U.C.
registration fees that you approved will do more to segregate the
U.C. system than any of your meaningless words to the contrary.

Foreigners like Schwarzenegger can go back to their countries of origin if they don't like the United States.

First of all, let may state categorically that there is no excuse for these students' behavior at all.

However, I'm sure if there was such a thing as "White History Month", there would be a huge minority backlash!

Having a "Black History Month" seems to me to be serving to polarize people into racial groups as much as - or maybe more than - any good things that were intended by those who established it.

Maybe it's time to ask ourselves the deeper question: "Why are these sort of things going on?"

Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck should be proud of the students who listen to their shows along with their parents every day. Maybe they'll attend the next cookout and be guests of honor.

Don't forget two incidents at UC Davis (where many LA kids go)
A swaztika carved into the dorm room of a Jewish freshman

Anti-gay slang spray painted all over the LGBT resource building

jaunenito, I'm sure that you think that you have a better perspective on racisms past and present then the UC students, but they are protected by freedom of speech. You cant quite people down because you just dont like what they are saying. If they expell them they are asking for one hell of a lawsuite. As an alumn of UCSD i would hope you understood the main frame of our Country.

Way to go governator. You said nothing when the racism was only aimed at black people and now that the Jews are being attacked, you have to step in and say something?
To all you idiots who are crying about a white history month, white history is most of what we learn about in school. It's white history year.

Dose this mean no more Compton Cookouts in full ghetto attire...

I guess you just can't have a good time anymore...

I think these co called student protesters should focus on their grades and not breaking into buildings and also setting cars ablaze...Send these criminals to prison...

I'm don't know how old you are NewsBrowser27, but the reason there is a Black (formerly Negro) History Month is because previously the accomplishments of our people were ignored by most history books. Children weren't taught about George Washington Carver, Langston Hughes, Crispus Attucks, Madam C.J. Walker and other distinguished people. My school text books were full of stories about Jefferson, Lincoln and Edison but as a little colored girl in South L.A. I was also happy to learn about Harriet Tubman, The Tuskegee Airmen and Thurgood Marshall. Thus, the so-called "white history" month you refer to would simply be redundant. Quiz who are: Lewis Latimer, Jan Ernst Matzeliger, Patrica E. Bath and Lonnie G. Johnson? A mind is a terrible thing to waste Mr./Ms. NewsBrowser27.

This is funny...illegal aligns are demanding these kids be expelled...

How about arresting, convicting, stripping them of their property and deporting the aligns...

I have heard rumours that California is changing. Looking at the collection of misfits, fatso's, and thugs in this picture confirms the rumours. What every happened to the beautiful,chic Californians?

it is better to be thought a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt!

Instead of an apology there has been steady escalation and now the noose. So, what exactly will the excuses be for this cowardly act that brings up memories of the confederate KKK of the South in their attempts to keep slavery and the non-whites in fear? Is it that are uneducated, is it that their parents planted these seeds of hate, is it that they are live in fear because our President in the white house is not 100% white. This is what the republican party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” have brought you. These kids follow what their dullard leaders say, they listen to Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush and Savage and the rest of the Blowhards, they are young and dumb. Are you surprise at what they do when you know what they think?

anyone here ever been to compton?- fyi, if stereotypes bother a person. than maybe what should bother them more is those that promote and embrace the said stereotype.

just saying.....

More disturbing is how free speech is no longer tolerable in California and some places. After all, is not free speech being able to say what might offend another?

I'm willing to bet the person who hung the noose was a "minority". Time and time again when these so called acts of hate are perpetrated, it ends up being a minority trying to fan the flames.


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