Have Ourselves a Good Time, It’s Nothing At All

February 21, 2010

In case anyone has missed it, there has recently been an off-campus party held by UCSD students called Compton Cookout.  People took major offense to this.  At first, when I first read the email sent by Chancellor Fox, I had the impression that this party was created solely to mock Black History month and the black community in general.  But after reading some articles, I am convinced that this has been blown way out of proportion.
Perhaps that makes me ignorant and insensitive, that I’m disregarding the deep history of slavery and torment that blacks had endured throughout history.  No.  Absolutely–no.  There’s really no other way to defend those who think that the racist nature of this event has been exaggerated.  I don’t doubt that this event can be seen as offensive, or that it was poorly timed, and perhaps inappropriately worded on the Facebook event page.  But does that make the creators and the people who attended ignorant and racists?  It is possible for people to be able to respect all cultures and people, while at the same time, be able to make fun of them in a non-threatening way.  It may not sound possible, but I assure you it is.
The comments from the Facebook group UCSD Students OUTRAGED By The Compton Cookout that read something like:  “You guys are ignorant, insensitive racists,” give me the impression that many of the people are absolutely terrified to step away from being politically correct because it’s like they know they’re subconsciously racist and by doing anything otherwise will make it conspicuous.  In a way, it’s like they’re discriminating against people who are well cultured enough and comfortable with all ethnicities  to be able to see the humor in stereotypes.  I know for a fact that I am not racist and that I am not completely ignorant or disrespectful.  But it doesn’t mean that I can’t see the humor in themed parties.  Point is, making fun of a culture doesn’t make you ignorant or racist.  Believing the stereotypes are completely true or doing it completely distastefully does.  There are so many more issues that I could discuss that this recent off-campus party have stirred, but this is the gist of it.

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One Response to “Have Ourselves a Good Time, It’s Nothing At All”

  1. Montana Says:

    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.


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