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Campus Bigotry Exemplifies UCSD Racism Problem

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Geisel Library, the main hub of student studying on the La Jolla campus.
Geisel Library, the main hub of student studying on the La Jolla campus.

University Of California San Diego (UCSD) students trying to study for their Web Client Languages midterm learned just how much of a problem with racism that the university has. Upon opening the online study guide, where students could anonymously contribute to the page, the students were greeted by 86 different uses of the n-word throughout the document.

A screenshot from the study guide.
A screenshot from the study guide.

Students like Raymond Arevalo, who was interviewed by the local ABC affiliate, were alarmed, but not surprised by this blatant act of racism. Arevalo stated to the ABC reporter that he was: “Mad because this wasn’t the first time this has happened before.”

The university did not respond to comment on the instance, instead opting to provide ABC with a link to their Principles of Community, which, among other things, serves as an affirmation to their commitment to students from marginalized communities.

However, this recent act of racism calls to question as to whether or not USCD is willing to adhere to these principles. Just last month, a white supremacist group hung up racist banners and fliers around the campus, which received a very minimal response from the university.

For a university that advertises itself as a campus that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion, the lack of action is cause for alarm. Despite the fact that taking a course in the previously stated principles are a requirement for graduation for students from all six colleges, students have the ability to take their chosen course to be taken as Pass/No Pass, rather than requiring the students to take the course for a letter grade. This simply means that there is minimal incentive for students to try hard and to learn the content in these courses.

Last month, white supremacist group, Identity Evropa, hung banners reading:“Carry on Citizen” and “No Amnesty! End DACA”
Last month, white supremacist group, Identity Evropa, hung banners reading:“Carry on Citizen” and “No Amnesty! End DACA”

A bare minimum of effort is not enough action on the part of the university. In a campus where traditionally minority students are the majority, UCSD can not adhere to the white centric narrative that is being pushed by the current presidential administration, as well as the campus’s Federal Representative. UCSD has a mission statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion to uphold. Without it, instances of bigotry like these will likely continue to be faced future incoming classes.

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