Thursday, February 18, 2010

UCSD Condemns "Compton Cookout" Celebration in Honor of Black History Month

Black History Month'sCompton Cookout” Condemned by UCSD Administrators

San Diego – In an attempt to celebrate Black History Month, an intrepid group of UCSD students linked to a popular fraternity (who denied involvement)  cooked up a “Ghetto Themed Party” whereby a special “Compton Cookout” invitation allegedly instructed  participants to “wear chains, don cheap clothes and speak very loudly.” Special instructions were also included to female party-goers with “ghetto chick” style directions like "they also have short, nappy hair, and usually wear cheap weave..."

Cheap weave!

Don't worry. The event, which one student described as “derogatory” was naturally condemned by UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, and no disciplinary action was taken.

Read the  unedited invitation to the "Compton Cook Out," as posted on Facebook:

"February marks a very important month in American society. No, i'm not referring to Valentines day or Presidents day. I'm talking about Black History month. As a time to celebrate and in hopes of showing respect, the Regents community cordially invites you to its very first Compton Cookout.
For guys: I expect all males to be rockin Jersey's, stuntin' up in ya White T (XXXL smallest size acceptable), anything FUBU, Ecko, Rockawear, High/low top Jordans or Dunks, Chains, Jorts, stunner shades, 59 50 hats, Tats, etc.
For girls: For those of you who are unfamiliar with ghetto chicks-Ghetto chicks usually have gold teeth, start fights and drama, and wear cheap clothes - they consider Baby Phat to be high class and expensive couture. They also have short, nappy hair, and usually wear cheap weave, usually in bad colors, such as purple or bright red. They look and act similar to Shenaynay, and speak very loudly, while rolling their neck, and waving their finger in your face. Ghetto chicks have a very limited vocabulary, and attempt to make up for it, by forming new words, such as "constipulated", or simply cursing persistently, or using other types of vulgarities, and making noises, such as "hmmg!", or smacking their lips, and making other angry noises,grunts, and faces. The objective is for all you lovely ladies to look, act, and essentially take on these "respectable" qualities throughout the day.
Several of the regents condos will be teaming up to house this monstrosity, so travel house to house and experience the various elements of life in the ghetto.

We will be serving 40's, Kegs of Natty, dat Purple Drank- which consists of sugar, water, and the color purple , chicken, coolade, and of course Watermelon. So come one and come all, make ya self before we break ya self, keep strapped, get yo shine on, and join us for a day party to be remembered- or not."



Montana said...

You real can't take these uneducated UCSD white trailer trash anywhere. This is what happens when more than one of these guys puts their minds together.

2Truthy said...

"You real can't take these uneducated UCSD white trailer trash anywhere. This is what happens when more than one of these guys puts their minds together."

Perhaps you "real can't" not, as you say, possibly imagine what happens when more than one of these guys "puts their minds" together. Or, maybe you can.

On the other hand, can you imagine a black fraternity throwing a racist "white trailer trash" 'Lords of the Manner' Brie & Chardonnay Mash that gifted each participant with Pigeon Racing Fancier Watch Pocket timepieces?

Carri said...

It’s a plot by the fundamentalist rightwing party of tyranny called Republicans. They foment hate, they sneer, they make excuses for their behavior and blame everyone else. They advocate the supremacy of their America – a lily-white America. They are scared and frightened becuase (gasp) a black man has been elected to the White House. They are losing conrol and like cornered animals, they are lashing out. This is the national leadership from whom these studants take their cues.

Montana said...

2Truthy: Don't you get tired of making excuses for people like these? But I guess it will not be the last time, so keep plucking that chicken. You makle me laugh.

Benito Juarez said...

I will tell you what I have seen these last few days, I saw people from different backgrounds, my children, my brothers and sisters come together in solidarity, and got the message heard.

This reminds me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn’t stop to help him. Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need. Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the “I” into the “thou,” and to be concerned about his brother.

You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”

But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

That’s the question before us. The question is not, “If I stop to help my brother in need, what will happen to me?” The question is, “If I do not stop to help my brother, what will happen to him or her?” That’s the question.

God bless all my brothers and sister that stood side by side with our brothers and sisters in need, when you saw a wrong you tried to correct it, you may argue the methods but not the reasons. I know God will not discriminate by country of origin, our sex, our orientation, color of our skin, or our religion as men do.

Melvin Toast said...

What black folks have needed for decades is a sense of humor. A SHARED sense of humor. Can you imagine a main stream film coming out that made fun of black people, in the vein of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"?

No way.

The lawyers would be drooling mightily at all the lawsuits filed by "aggrieved parties" whose "self-esteem" was somehow threatened by a joke about collard greens, fried chicken or watermelon.

Lighten up, people. And I don't mean the color of anyone's skin. I mean get a sense of humor, get a grip, and get a life.

Black people are being killed by black people EVERY DAY. What's that all about? And why isn't anyone saying or doing anything about it? Is it because it is ALL the white man's fault?

Oh, please.

The day we see more black conservatives, more black Republicans, more black Libertarians, more black Shakespearean scholars, more black independents, more TRUE black intellectuals (and, for the record, Cornel West does NOT count as an intellectual, James Baldwin and James McWhorter do) the better all of us will be.

Rachel said...

As women of color at the University of San Diego, we are outraged and saddened by the events and actions of the students involved in the “Compton Cookout” from the University of California San Diego. This is not merely a disappointment in the implicated fraternities, but also in any other persons who planned or attended this event. To those students who were affected by this disgusting display of racism, know that members of the USD community support you. An injustice to one is an injustice to all.

Incidents like this confirm that the legacy of American colonialism still pervades our everyday lives. White supremacy and heteronormativity, built on the backs of people of color and low-wage labor, are the standards by which social structures are constituted and passed down to the next generation. The party that was meant to be a lighthearted event parallels 20th-century lynching parties where throngs of people would congregate to lynch one or more African-Americans and then proceed to feast and BBQ.

It is a mockery, an attraction created for the socially and politically protected so that poverty and racism are no longer real and viable issues; instead they have become themes for parties of the privileged. This heinous disregard for the plight of people living in impoverished communities justifies their continued dehumanization. The students who took part, whether they organized or attended this racist, heterosexist, classist party, must be held accountable for their actions and make a public apology for this inexcusable gathering. We call for this to be an educational moment on the themes of self-definition and community self-determination because, in the words of Malcolm X, “Without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world.” We stand in solidarity with UCSD’s Black Student Union and support its important demands.






Melvin Toast said...

Dear Rachel et al.,

When China starts requiring its Chinese employees to respect the "needs" of white, male Catholic Americans, when India starts requiring its Indian employees to respect the "needs" of white, female Lutheran Americans and when Saudi Arabia (when HELL freezes over) requires its burnoosed bedouins to respect the rights of ATHEISTS everywhere, then maybe, just maybe, I will listen to your plaintive bleats.

Until then, all of you, shut your uninformed, parochial pie holes.


2Truthy said...


Who's "making excuses" and for whom? LWOH posts all kinds of outrageous, unfolding current events stories (such as this one) about outrageous frat boy party invitations (as posted in it's most outrageous entirety) and promptly condemned by UCSD (see headline). Capish? Just the facts, here, mam - uncensored and unfiltered in all of their *glory*.

Here's the censored, edited version:

"Those nasty, irredeemable, louse fuc*ing, horribly insensitive frat-boys whose big, fat GS investment banker daddies screwed up our economy by selling exotic derivatives and CDOs to slicksters that wound up stinking on ice - to Iceland and Greece, just for starters -- they couldn't POSSIBLY have voted for a black man because they're, they're...just "uneducated" and they're "white trash" by extension because, they're white and all white people are racists, especially when they're frat boys who throw "Ghetto Themed Parties" and EXCLUDE said ghetto people from the guest list. Shame, shame to them ALL and their poxy frat house -- a SHAMEFUL pox of herpes and adult acne just like Eric Schmidt!"

There you go. Now take THAT mighty manifesto and go kick their candy ass butts with it instead of whining about their dreadful, evil UCSD beastly boy antics when the REAL frat boys are looting this country's middle class and applaud their successful divide and conquer tactics to pit people of all color against each other.

Rachel et al, good luck in school. We've come a long way, baby, and I don't claim feminists of any color necessarily have it any easier than I did back in the day. Toughen up, women. If creating imaginary enemies out of the Clouds via race baiting is your major/hobby, there are plenty of blogs out there that burn that candle 24/7 and then some. Not this one.


Ashburn, VA said...

Hi, I'm down here in ASSburn, VA and love this post.

Anonymous said...

I agree with your bottom line assessment that these frat boys are stupid and that the women hold the smarts!