Black Student Black-Out at UC Berkeley

There has been alot of protest activity at the University of California Berkeley.  But everybody knows that Berkeley has a long tradition of protesting the state of everything that’s wrong with the world.  Well, yesterday, there was “yet another” protest, this time it was a group of  black UC Berkeley students, which comprise a mere  3.5 percent of the student body. They convened at the entrance to the campus and held a “black-out” to show  solidarity with the black students at the University of California San Diego campus, who have been enduring blatants acts of racism, the most recent being a noose was found hanging in the San Diego university’s library.
According to the  Berkeley Daily Planet, the East Bay’s Independent newspaper,  the students held a silent protest against the rising tide of blatant racism that is escalating in the University of California system.   The African American students and their sympathizers wore all black clothing with black scarves over their mouths, and sat blocking this entrace with arms locked together from 11.30 am to 2.00pm.  They spoke not a word for the entire time. Afterwards, they “marched” to the administrative offices of Chancellor Robert Birgeneau to read out a letter address to the Chancellor about their grievances.  read more here.
Just a week previous to this protest was “yet another” protest that turned out badly when the students became rowdy and started vandalizing businesses along Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley.
These students were protesting a rise in tuition at the University. read more here In any case, there is alot going on these days here in the Bay Area.  The sorry budget situation that the state of California finds itself in,  the fact that the state government is seeking ways “by any means necessary” to balance its budgets on the backs of the people of California, the reduction of all kinds of services for the poor and the rising costs of the fewer services, all of this makes for a volatile mix of civic anger that’s bound to explode in a very bad way!
One thing I know for sure, that whatever economic pain the people of California are facing, the black people of California have already faced and 10 time over!  Still, I like the way the black students comported themselves.  I just don’t know what good it will do, though.  Racism is a tough nut to crack.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. RiPPa says:

    Heck yeah you gotta love the way they handled themselves! This is the type of stuff that I applaud: collective action. The beautiful thing, is just how the blogosphere lends support to issues such as this one.Well done!

  2. Anna Renee says:

    I hope that this show of support for the UCSD students by the UCB students makes some kind of difference. Black students are having a very hard time in the University of California system. The system is seeking more out of state students because they get higher tuitions, and that pushes out minority and poorer students. Things are getting crucial right about now!

  3. Reggie says:

    You would think that because they're students at UC Berkley and other schools in the UC system that they would be enlightened. Yet even the enlightened are plagued by racism, narcissism, sexism…..and a host of other isms.It's good to see the students take the high road and yet express support all at the same time.

  4. Ensayn1 says:

    I am from San Diego and I know first hand the blatant racism that is in and around the city. The UCSD the white students pulled there is just a microcosim of the overall atmosphere of San Diego.

  5. Anna Renee says:

    @Ensayn1–Woooww! I never really knew this about San Diego! We Cali people think we're so enlightened! Then we find out we just as racist as Selma 1965! Even in Berkeley California, ground zero of liberalism! Im amazed at the backward movement of some white people! Where is the backlash of the righteous whites against all of this? White people, this stuff these few are doing makes the whole of you look bad! Protest it!!

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