Twenty grand a year

And what do they have to show?

So some UCSD students decide to “honor” Black History Month by holding a “Compton Cookout” party.  How do other UCSD students respond?

The campus television station belittles those protesting the racism of the party.  One broadcaster uses the term “ungrateful n*ggers.”

A Facebook group is started to protest the protest. It is adorned with a red circle and a slash over the words “bigdeal” [sic]. Undoubtedly protesting “bigdeals.” Yeah, we never said UCSD students were all that bright.

Another student publicizes “Compton Cookout Part Deux:  First Ammendment Pride.” (Mike Randazzo, your parents must be very proud.)

I haven’t seen the campus broadcast yet, so no in-depth analysis will be offered.  Hopefully, the use of the racial slur speaks for itself.  As for “ungrateful,” regular readers probably already have an idea of what I think about the term.  So I won’t rehash other than to say that expecting me to be grateful for something that should be available to all (whether it be the chance to earn a living, an education, a roof over my head or whatever) is inherently racist and implies that I owe somebody.  You know, a superior somebody.  Thank you for your kindness!  I surely do appreciate it!

And reading Facebook gives me facepalm and lowers my IQ, so I had to close my browser quickly before I could risk the mensa membership or something.

As for the “Compton Cookout Part Deux:  First Ammendment Pride,” the whole text follows at the end of this post.  It’s a masterful piece and I will try my best to provide a thorough and complete translation.  Here goes:

Mike Randazzo starts by explaining that the protest is a “horrendously misguided call to arms, and has people ignorantly shouting racism, intolerance, hate, and that this party invitation was ‘a mockery of black history month’.”

Obviously, it’s “misguided” because Mike Randazzo says so as the Arbiter of Real Racism. In fact, the people protesting are the ones who are stupid haters.

This despite the fact that the party was specifically held during Black History Month. It is common for white people to target their disparagement and racism towards events that are significant moments of pride for people of color. I wrote about this previously when the first Asian American was named president of Dartmouth:

And in a moment that was one of pride for Asian Americans, one person took it upon himself to remind everybody that you can be accomplished, you can be well-respected, you can have done everything possible to enrich yourself and your community, and in the end you are just a Ch*naman.  You should be working in a restaurant, not heading an Ivy League school.

I was prepared to give the standard translation that this incident was not intended to mock, but then I listened closely. Randazzo doesn’t argue it isn’t a mockery. Rather, he argues that he has never been to a party that wasn’t a mockery of something. And if everybody’s doing it, well, it must be okay! Apparently he has never had to listen to my mother lecture.

He does note, however, that these parties are an “innocent outlet for any kind of stress,” without mentioning what one might do if one felt racism was a stressor.  In any event, apparently a good outlet for stress is racism!

I wasn’t sure how to translate some of the paragraphs, however:

This is barely even an issue of free speech, because, like I said, no ideals were being preached, just passively and innocently mocked for the sake of having an excuse to eat delicious fried chicken and watermelon and drink malt liquor, which are all awesome things.

I thought perhaps I wasn’t quite as fluent in racismese as I had thought. But after consultation with colleagues, I have come to the conclusion that Randazzo doesn’t quite speak English fluently. Overall, though, he seems to be making some inadequate effort to explain that it really is those other people who are the haters and who are intolerant and who are threats to our civil rights. Imagine! Because the greatest threat to our civil rights is a protest against a party that demonstrated some students’ parents are wasting their money on college educations.

Randazzo cautions us “Don’t let ignorance and stupidity get in the way of our good time.” Sounds like they haven’t been stopping him at all.

—Facebook posting follows
Compton Cookout Part Deux: First Ammendment Pride

I advise you to listen to Uprising by Muse while reading the following (or knights of cydonia ur call wutev):

Recently, the UC Council of Provosts, several students, legislators, and the media, have all publicly condemned the recent PIKE-sponsored “Compton Cookout”.

The FACEBOOK EVENT page for the party is what started this horrendously misguided call to arms, and has people ignorantly shouting racism, intolerance, hate, and that this party invitation was “a mockery of black history month”.

As I have facilitated and attended hundreds of parties associated with UCSD students, I have never been to a party that was not a mockery of something. Additionally, parties are an innocent outlet for any kind of stress, and an arbitrary theme, satirizing some aspect of our cultures, is extremely commonplace for college parties. On Cinco de Mayo, we have parties making fun of Mexicans; on Veterens day, we make fun of veterans (yes, the same veterans who uphold our rights to free speech); on St. Patrick’s Day we make fun of the Irish. Everyone gets made fun of out of jest now, not hate.

This is not an issue of black or white. As a UCSD student, and even though I was not at this party, it is obvious to me that NO ONE INVOLVED IN THAT PARTY WAS PREACHING HATE, and when we observe the public reaction, it feels as if we are watching a bunch of children hurling canned PC responses at Stephen Colbert for being offensively conservative. DUH!

This is barely even an issue of free speech, because, like I said, no ideals were being preached, just passively and innocently mocked for the sake of having an excuse to eat delicious fried chicken and watermelon and drink malt liquor, which are all awesome things.

The inane email sent out to all UCSD students about this mentions that “thinking members of our community” should feel insulted, and despite the fact that said email was sent purely to save face and to appease the social requirement for a puritan display of delusionally misplaced compassion, as thinking members of the community, we should all be insulted at this overt assault on the civil rights of these students to free speech. If you truly care about civil rights, and you don’t just want to preach intolerance to cultural satire, then come to this party in honor of your favorite cultural stereotype to satirize and show these IDIOTS that intolerance is so 20th century, but coming together peaceably for the purpose of fun and unity is still very much in style.

So come get crunk with yo Peoplez, roll through with the Vatos, Crackers bring your favorite sister, get sandy with the Arabs, get Chinky with some saki bombs, throw up your fauxhawk with the Douchebags, get piss drunk with the Irish, come soaked in cologne with the Ginnys, bring some cheap wine with your Jew homies, get stupid like the Polish, pound vodka with your Russian friends, love humanity and embrace cultural differences through satire.

Don’t let ignorance and stupidity get in the way of our good time and let us set a precedent before this gets out of hand. We all must stand behind our fellow students. It would be nothing short of a tragedy for any students to suffer any punishment for what they wrote on a facebook page. We cannot allow this. The time for quelling this is now before it happens to you. We support Pi Kappa Alpha’s attempt to harmlessly make fun of those who would sincerely harbor disdain and resentment for another culture. We must always stand up for our rights and the rights of others, lest they be stripped from us.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ucsd18-2010feb18,0,5698009.story

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/feb/17/outrage-expressed-over-party/

http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-compton-cookout,0,2673438.story?track=rss

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/nov05election/detail?entry_id=57437

They will not control us.

UCSD Black Student Protest: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Quality-Control-Team/305731029642#!/video/video.php?v=842662959544

I invite anyone in disagreement to kiss my black ass.

Peace, Love and Unity

-Sincerely, Mike Randazzo

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11 thoughts on “Twenty grand a year

  1. Mr. Randazzo doesn’t understand what satire is, but one of the professors quoted in the sign on san diego article certainly seems to have mastered understatement:

    “There’s something about the climate here that drives black students away,” according to Jorge Mariscal.

  2. Sheesh, what a total clusterflock!

    Thanks for the summary, I couldn’t make it through the whole Facebook posting. I was starting to go snow-blind.

  3. “If your intent is to make fun and not to harm anyone, and you really aren’t trying to hurt anyone’s feelings, then it’s different from trying to cut someone down on purpose,” Randazzo said.

    If I had his address, I’d print out Intent! It’s Fucking Magic! and send it to him.

  4. He cannot use the “intent” excuse since has already been informed that it is racist and he has chosen instead to proclaim the opposite. So his excuse is actually “it’s not racist.” But then he said it was a mockery. But everybody does it.

    You can see why even skilled translators and interpreters have problems.

    By the way, that’s a great link.

  5. If your brain won’t melt check out that Facebook page again. First, one of the admins had Al Jolson in blackface as his profile pic (a student by the way) and thought the party was peachy keen. But the group creator, a young woman whose name escapes me, says she didn’t agree with the party and it was “kinda racist”, but what outraged her was the attention being paid to the black students who protested*. Got that? White students are creating a hostile, racist environment, where black students who have paid to get an education are being mocked during black history month, but the real problem is blacks marching around and protesting that.

    *This is your brain on white privilege. Try crack…less harmful.

  6. Hello, this is actually Mike Randazzo. I want you all to know that I am sorry for my initial defensive reaction in creating that facebook event and when I deleted the event I sent this message to all invited:

    “I want to make it abundantly clear that I do not want to offend anyone. I understand that my initial reaction was insensitive, but I still want everyone to be able to come together to end feelings of segregation and animosity. The event is being canceled, and I plan to host a future event in its stead entitled: Community Cookout, to promote social integration and love in a constructive way. I am very sad for all additional pain which I have caused those hurt by the initial party, but I encourage everyone to continue speaking constructively about this issue and not to get angry and defensive. Please put down your weapons of fear and anger and open up to each other.”

    I think that MANY people involved in this controversy on both sides have reacted too defensively (including myself), and I want to encourage everyone to try to move forward without anger, so that we can start to heal and show people that we want social progress.

  7. The problem is that Mike probably won’t get a job at Walmart. He’s got the power and privilege that will take him somewhere he can continue to foster systemic racism.

  8. To Mike Randazzo:

    If I have to throw something away, I carry the item to the trash receptacle, because if I throw the item and I miss, someone white ridicules me for being a black man who missed a basket. When I miss the humor of their “joke”, I’m defined as the one with the problem.

    The mockery and demeaning stereotyping (and tacit suggestion of inherent inferiority) of people based solely on their race isn’t an exercise in free speech, its racism, and you’re not the victim their intolerance when the people you insult have the nerve to tell you that they don’t appreciate being insulted.

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