sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

November 12, 2015

Boycott Berkeley, Divest from Berkeley

Filed under: Bay Area politics, politics — Tags: , , , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 8:55 pm

UPDATE: Many thanks to Professor Jacobson for linking.

The epicenter of racism in America today is not Howard, not Mizzou but Berkeley.  A KKK cell is believed to operate on high school campus of this Marxist-leaning East Bay Area town.  Consider this racist message that sent waves across the Berkeley High community:

The message […] was discovered on a library computer at about 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, school officials said. In addition to using a racial slur, it read: “KKK FOREVER PUBLIC LYNCHING DECEMBER 9th 2015.”

This was far from an isolated incident:

Last October, school officials discovered a noose hanging from a tree. And, in the spring, the school yearbook was altered to state that a group of minority students aspired to be the “trash collators of tomorrow,” forcing the school to distribute stickers to place over the altered text.

For all you skeptics out there, a male freshman already confessed to the crime, but only after a detailed forensic analysis yielded an indelible proof of his culpability.

In response to the lynching threat up to 2,000 out of 3,000 Berkeley High students walked out, the majority of them believed to have returned to campus after the protest.  Ironically, the students marched on to the Sproul Plaza of the UC Berkeley campus, the cite of the infamous Free Speech circle.  According to the campus lore, as individual standing inside the circle cannot be arrested by campus cops, thereby all sorts of n-words can be brazenly uttered inside of it.

Because the walkout was the only response to the horrific event, UCB’s The Daily Cal is right to warn that the Berkeley High kiddoes are left hanging:

In the wake of this act of terror, the students’ strength is braver and more necessary than ever. The fact that the walkout was a protest of not only the administration’s response but also the incident itself demonstrates students’ dedication to the fight against racism and injustice.

It is now on the administration to give its full support to the student body.

[…]

It also must remove from campus the student responsible for such an outrageous act. Someone who thinks it is acceptable to call for lynchings and pledge allegiance to the Ku Klux Klan has no place on a campus committed to equality.

By the looks of it, the sole grown up present at the march was the Berkeley High principal Sam Pasarow.  This is the shame of the East Bay Area.  Where is Code Pink in all this?  Where are Students for Justice in Palestine with their interracial solidarity?  If Berkeley adults don’t take racial strife seriously, kids might just get the idea that the incident was merely a pretext to playing hookie.  Who wants to raise a cynical generation?

Code Pink activist from the East Bay Area protests at the newly-minted Muslim heritage cite, the Kotel

Seriously Berkeley, there is quite obviously a terror cell operating within your borders, but you can’t do as much as to expel a 15-year-old? Going beyond that, local social justice groups need to put pressure on Berkeley Police to throughly investigate their community and remove the threat of racial violence once and for all.  Until Code Pink puts cis’ own house in order I will be boycotting Berkeley.

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