Racist vandalism apparently is not a priority or an important concern to UCSC administration. Unfortunately it seems that there is often discriminatory messages being written on the walls around this campus; yet, it seems that the only solution that administrators are willing to take is to write concerned emails about how disgraceful the actions are. Furthermore, they often like to end their letters by informing students on resources that they can attend if they need a space to “talk.” Hence, this implies that students must take the initiative of coming forth since administrators do not adequately outreach or address our concerns. This also places a heavy burden on students, because being a college student is difficult enough but now we must make an extra effort to seek these “safe spaces” to discuss how annoyed and hurt we are feeling. Also, as we have these conversations we are often only able to speak to certain tokenized administrators; meanwhile, the mero mero jefes and jefas tend to remain enclosed in some office avoiding our concerns. The people who have the real decision-making power are hardly around to actually listen to our concerns including but not limited to: racism and the lack of a Critical Race & Ethnic Studies Department.
I don’t want to sound like some whiny college student, but as a student of color it is so frustrating to see the administration’s apathy towards creating real concrete changes in regards to the hostility on this campus and the lack of diversity. It’s only been a few weeks since the racist vandalism was found in the Cowell bathroom stating “Stop the Invasion, Kill a Mexican;” yet, here we are only a few weeks later facing a similar situation. Copied below is a copy of an email that was ONLY sent to Stevenson students. Therefore, I pose the following questions: Why wasn’t this email sent out to the entire student body? Furthermore, why is racism on this campus always reduced to a simplistic email that DOES NOT adequately address the real systematic issues occurring here and within our greater society?
UC Santa Cruz
May 22, 2011
To: The Stevenson College Community
About: Racist Graffiti in the Men’s Restroom (near Classroom 150)
Late Friday afternoon, May 13, a Stevenson staff member reported that the plural of the “N” word was written in pencil on a wall in the men’s restroom in the breezeway across from classroom 150.
The incident is disturbing, and as a College community we want to reinforce our condemnation of the use of any kind of hate speech anywhere on campus. To those affected in any way by this incident, we offer our support.
The graffiti was removed right away, and a hate/bias incident report was submitted via “reporthate.ucsc.edu.”
Stevenson promotes and supports ongoing efforts to strengthen a climate of inclusion that respects individuals and groups of all races, religions, ethnicities, traditions, backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities, and cultures. Collaborating to build a diverse community is at the core of our educational mission.
We care about each individual in our community, and we want everyone to feel safe, respected, included, and affirmed.
In support of UCSC’s Principles of Community, please continue to do what you can to be an ally in confronting or reporting hateful speech or behavior and supporting your friends or colleagues who may experience racism in both direct and indirect ways. We encourage everyone to unite against expressions of prejudice, ignorance, or threat.
Please be reminded of resources for reporting and/or support:
–African American Resource and Cultural Center (http://www2.ucsc.edu/aasl)
–Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Office (http://studentaffairs.ucsc.edu/diversity/)
–Student Affairs CARE line: 831-459-3456
–After Hours Crisis line: 831-459-2628.
Thank you for your attention and concern. If you have questions or wish to talk further about this message, please feel free to contact Provost Alice Yang, CAO Jim Carter, or another member of the College staff.