Monday, November 30, 2009

New University Report on the UC-Irvine Protests

Cross-posted by Gary Fouse

Today's New University (UC-Irvine paper) has the report on last week's tuition protest at UCI.

Here some photos from the event (New University). The guys in green t-shirts are the Muslim Student Union.

"Heigh ho, heigh ho. It's off to jail I go."

Protesters disrupt a class-no arrests made

Here is an editorial written by one of the protestors.

An excerpt:

"We’re up against a student press that parrots unsubstantiated reports of student violence against police while euphemizing police violence against students, as though harsh words and hotdog buns were a threat to batons and tasers; batons and tasers that the police turn disproportionately against students of color.

Indeed, we are up against an entire history of racist policy-making designed to keep students of color from ever entering the university. The walls of Jim Crow fell and were replaced by the walls of financial impossibility for students of color, which is why we stand for a university that is accessible to, and affordable for all students."

Fousesquawk comment: First of all, there should be strong disciplinary action taken against those who entered and disrupted classrooms. Secondly, I would remind Mr Bliss that the UCI campus is made up overwhelmingly of a majority of "people of color", however he defines that silly term. Secondly, the one person who was arrested was not a "person of color" as surely Mr Bliss would define it. His entire "racist" premise is silly.

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