Compton Cookout

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The Compton Cookout was a controversial party held off-campus at La Jolla Vista townhomes on February 15th, 2010. It was revealed to be sponsored by Jiggaboo Jones, a black comedian. Mr. Jones was invited by the UCSD Kappa Phi chapter of the fraternity known as Pi Kappa Alpha (Commonly referenced as "Pike") to sponsor the party at the Pike fraternity associated houses off campus.[[Citation needed]

The party had an event page created on Facebook explicitly stating the theme of the party was to dress like ghetto blacks, and depicted African Americans as uneducated, poor, and animalistic in nature. The main controversy arose when extremely underrepresented black students on the UCSD campus received negative repercussions for claiming the event to be racist and disrespectful; the repercussions the black students received was: further discrimination against them for being to sensitive about stereotypes. This promoted a major call to action when black students from other campuses and other minority students came to help the original students voices be heard. It was presented that the main reason this action was necessary was because unlike most campuses UCSD had a majority Asian student enrollment; many of those students claimed to be oblivious to "racial tensions" and did not understand many racist actions that could be targeted at blacks or Latinos.[[Citation needed] Another issue at the event itself was the occurrence of racist actions such as the use "blackface" and unwarrantably excessive use of racial slurs by Caucasian members of the fraternity. In the end, UCSD administrators and critics put most of the blame for the event on the UCSD fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha (Commonly known as "Pike"), however no disciplinary actions were taken nor anyone tied to the fraternity reprimanded for their actions.[[Citation needed]  The controversy led to criticism from outside sources and resulted in an increase in both racial tensions and discussion across the campus.[[Citation needed]

However, the event was successful[1], leading to a planned Compton Cookout II[[Citation needed] -- [2]]

Contents

[edit] The Party

The text of the original Facebook invitation is below:

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.

[edit] Reactions

Multiple demands made by the Black Student Union(BSU) in response in an open letter to UCSD administrators Students who were emotionally affected by the event were allegedly given the opportunity to remove "W"s for classes they dropped past the regular W drop date.

[edit] Perspectives

[edit] Chancellor Mary Ann Fox

Fox issued a full statement on the matter that was sent to all UCSD students and staff.

[edit] Jigaboo Jones

Jones posted a official statement in response to the controversy, saying:

Over the next few days some hate mongering black people had told a pack of lies about our event stating that a White Fraternity and several members of the KKK threw a Racist party that made fun of black people. This lie was quickly soaked up by people with some kind of political agenda to spread hate and discontent among people who attend UCSD. The divisive few told a “Woa is me” tale of how all blacks at UCSD are almost lynched in trees seemingly everyday. Members of the media ate this up because this type of story sells papers, gets people pissed off and keeps them tuning in. Blog sites went crazy and facebook fascists took their laptops and started the witch hunt that would ruin the reputations of several good hearted people and their families with their inaccurate statements.

[edit] Professors

Multiple professors reportedly spent time during lectures to discuss the issue(citation needed).

[edit] Spinoff Controversies

The Compton Cookout Controversy resulted in multiple spinoffs of hate crimes. The following are listed chronologically:

[edit] The Koala

Campus satire paper The Koala wrote in defense of the Cookout, and published content considered by some to be racial.

[edit] External Events

    • A picture of a noose with the words "UCSD lynching" was discovered in a UC Santa Cruz bathroom.
    • The UC Davis LGBT Resource Center was vandalized with spray painted homophobic slurs.

[edit] Noose in Geisel

A noose was hung in the Geisel Library. Following outrage, the student responsible wrote a letter to The Guardian apologizing and clarifying that the act was a mistake but not intentional.

[edit] KKK reference

A Ku Klux Klan-style pillowcase hood, complete with a hand-drawn KKK symbol and a rose was placed on the Dr. Seuss statue outside Geisel.

The administration and campus police promised to the public they would take disciplinary action after determining the suspect, and submitted the pillowcase to the San Diego County Sheriff's crime-lab for DNA analysis- but for some reason they decided not to prosecute the suspect and never realeased their description or identity. Many speculate the pillowcase may had been placed on the statue by an African-American as a form of sarcasm, who then went into hiding after realizing their action was illegal no matter what the race of the suspect. Unfortunately the suspect never came forward to apologize with the same honesty as the young Korean-American immigrant student who did not realize the conotations that a noose in America could have right after a black comedian sponsored the "Compton Cookout" at UCSD.

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