Class group for ETHN117 (Winter 2019)
Week 6 photo share
February 13, 2019 at 3:09 pm #3986
Please submit your image and brief summary to reflect on week 6’s theme: Third World Liberation Front and the Origins of Ethnic Studies. Remember to include photographer/artist name (or source) and date of the image.
February 14, 2019 at 5:47 pm #4014
In an Ethnic Studies class I took last quarter, we watched a mini-documentary called On Strike! about the threat of cutting the Ethnic Studies department at Berkeley in 1999. Not only was there a blatant depletion of the program a real threat but also the school administration, especially the chancellor at the time, did not take the protesting students seriously. The student protestors tried all the non-violent methods they could come up with. They ultimately resorted to a hunger strike, supported by community members and faculty of color, in which the school administration was forced to pay attention to them because it would not benefit the administration and name of the school to have students dying. I chose this image because it shows the brutal and violent courses of action that the administration were willing to take to a) dismantle the Ethnic Studies program and b) maintain the status quo of white centralized education by dismantling this program. What’s particularly shocking to me is that even though this photo was taken a couple decades ago, this image could be very well dated during the 1960’s.
Weinstein, Austin. “With Carol Christ in Charge, Campus Police Used Chokeholds to Dismantle 1999 Protest,” The Daily Californian. Published May 30, 2017. Accessed February 14, 2014. http://www.dailycal.org/2017/05/30/carol-christ-charge-campus-police-used-chokeholds-dismantle-1999-protest/
February 15, 2019 at 3:08 pm #4041
Someone has previously mentioned the documentary Precious Knowledge in our class but I feel that this documentary fits in very well with this weeks discussion about why Ethnic Studies is necessary. In the film Precious Knowledge the teacher and students talked about how the class and course content finally represented their lived experiences. Ethnic Studies is important because history is taught through a Eurocentric point of view, in which people from different ethnic backgrounds are never truly able to learn about themselves, aside from the negative/inaccurate attributes that are taught. Another reason that Ethnic Studies is very important and that was touched upon in the documentary is how this class served as a form of retention. The school noticed that the graduation rates went up among the population of Latinx students who took the course. This shows how when a student is represented in the curriculum they are more likely to engage, which increases retention among that group.
February 15, 2019 at 4:08 pm #4043
I found this picture in someone’s blog/website called “Faith&Coffee Blog” with Eric Ledermann.
In class discussions, I heard a lot about mistreatment towards someone before even knowing them and the conflict of racial identity of an individual being generalized to represent the whole racial population. But, I was wondering what will be the circumstance if an individual is multi-cultural or mixed. We talked about how officials and media treat people of color very differently compared to whites. This blog is written by a white man sharing his awareness of this “white privilege” as normalization and other races being the opposite throughout history. He then talked about his mixed children, asking them how would they identify themselves, “half Chinese and half regular…” This was their view on themselves but it scares me thinking about how would other people see mixed racial identity making different assumptions before knowing the person. Thus, connecting to reasons behind advocating for ethnic studies, To me at least, it is obvious majority of the mixed racial groups would also advocate for a ethnic studies class. Not just so they can understand it but also being able to address/share them to other people, whether its ideas, histories, reasons behind conflicts in histories and such…etc.
February 15, 2019 at 4:25 pm #4045
The photo portrays Larry Itliong, a Filipino activist who, alongside Cesar Chavez, was head of the United Farmworkers Movement. The other two images display “Manong’s” or Filipino males who were involved with the strike against the Delano grape growers, who exploited their labor. I chose this picture because it showcases a piece of history that was almost erased. This type of history where Itliong, a person of color and a figure I can identify with, fought for the rights of marginalized people, is essential for the education we have today. It is inspiring to me since I was never taught in-depth about the Filipino peoples and their struggles until now. The sacrifices that Itliong made alongside the other Filipino and Mexican workers demonstrates a rich history and its relevance for people of color. The multi-ethnic coalition, or alliance between people of different races, was seen between the Filipino and Mexican workers, and the interaction between different races shows a universal need for support and allies to fight for a cause. It is for this reason that ethnic studies is significant because validates other people of color’s experiences, in class and life, and help POC students understand that they have a place in society.
Source: Farmworker Movement Documentation Project/University of California San Diego Library
Date Posted: September 19, 2015
February 15, 2019 at 6:07 pm #4052
I decided to choose this image of the Third World Liberation Front because, again, women are not circulated in the popular protests to establish Ethnic Studies. This image, in particular, centers a woman at the front of the protest. Although I do not know the context nor the name of the woman, I very much enjoy seeing this image when looking up the TWLF. Women are often erased from these histories and even if gender is not mentioned, we associate accomplishments with that of male bodies. This is a counter-narrative burned into the history of Ethnic Studies that women are present and completely badass.
February 16, 2019 at 7:27 pm #4068
This week I would like to share a glimpse from the Harrison High School Walkouts of 1968 in Chicago. The discussions we had in class this week highlighted the inequalities that people of color often face in education and their underrepresentation in positions of academic scholarship. I want to emphasize the fact that these inequalities were not only present in college education at the time, but these issues occurred in high schools as well, such as the Harrison High School of Chicago. Black and Latino students staged a walk out because their educational environment was poor, crowded, and lacked inclusion. The students felt as if there was a need for ethnic recognition, and that the Chicago School Board of Education should hire Black or Latino teachers in order to accurately portray the perspective of history through their culture’s world view. In addition, the demands included that ethnic studies courses be introduced to the school in order to represent a culturally inclusive history instead of that which is told by a white man. All of these factors are important in realizing that Ethnic Studies courses are vital to an education system, High School or University, in order to collectively educate all people on a broad view of historical events through the eyes of the race or culture of which it pertains.
PHOTO INFO : Lary Graff 1968, Chicago Reader
February 17, 2019 at 12:44 am #4084
The video shown in class about the 1969 Willard Straight Hall Takeover inspired me to research some recent student protests. I expected to find articles that described accounts of armed students in resistance, similar to the 1969 protest. However, many articles highlighted the April 20, 2018 student protests across the nation. On the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shootings, students walked out of school and rallied within their communities to demand an end to gun violence. I found this seemingly peaceful image of a lush park with the Chicago skyscrapers in the background very paradoxical. The serenity in this image is betrayed by the violence that has affected these high school students, emotionally, physically, or both. Here, they are walking “in procession,” as stated in the article, toward Grant Park where they ended up meeting with students from other schools in solidarity for their cause. This image was a reminder that protests don’t have to have guns or police officers at the scene in order to gain attention and make a difference. Activism can take place anywhere, be completely peaceful, and be facilitated by people of all ages.
Source: Whitten Sabbatini for The New York Times
April 20, 2018
February 17, 2019 at 10:13 am #4089
Photographer’s name: Unknown
After witnessing a strike at SFSU, protesters established a Third World Liberation front at Berkeley that focused on studies of minority groups. The strike at Berkeley was one of the longest and most violent ones in United States’ history, but resulted in four undergraduate study programs: African American, Asian American, Chicano, and Native American. Accordingly, after immense budget cuts, the Ethnic Studies library was created in 1999 along with the Multicultural center, additional faculty positions, and the Center for Race and Gender after more student protests and strikes.
The reason why Ethnic Studies departments are so important is because racism is non-stagnant; it is consistently evolving. In ethnic studies classes, discussions are able to formulate from various sources [opposed to predominantly white historians], that helps to combat the pervasive whiteness in America and also in other countries. In these classes as students feel more included, they are able to not only be reflected in the ciriculum but also begin to derail social constructs of unworthiness. After all, it is only through learning about social movements from a historical context that can bring about more social movements in the fight for equality.
February 17, 2019 at 10:23 am #4091
In this week’s photo share I decided to share an image from Netflix’s tv show Dear White People, the specific scene I wanted to highlight is when Reggie is faced with a gun pointed at him by a white police officer. The scene begins with a party event with singing and dancing, however, things escalated very quickly when a white male sings the N word that is apart of a song. Character Reggie, explains to him that he shouldn’t be saying that word especially if that person does not understand where that word is rooted and how it was used because it isn’t just a word, it brings on all this history along with it. Yet, the individual doesn’t care for it and a heated argument follows. With this, a University police officer arrives on the scene and immediately goes to Reggie and asks him for his ID. Confused as to why he was directly targetted Reggie asked the police officer and this led to the police officer pointing a gun at Reggie. Based off this week’s discussion, it becomes clear how these two connect, in class we discussed how 1 person for each race is used to describe the entire race which is exactly what is happening here. Our society assumes that every person of color is a criminal, they are dangerous and violent. This horrible assumption does not only led to privilege based on the color of your skin but it ultimately leads to death for most people of color. Time and time again we see in our own society’s how people of color are directly targetted simply because of their skin, which is exactly what happened to Reggie here in this picture. He was targetted based off his skin and was the only individual asked for identification and when Reggie simply questioned it he was not asked again rather he was faced with a possibility of death. His life lied right in the hands of the white officer and if history has shown us anything it’s that he was already dead when the gun was pointed at him. This also shows the privilege that some individuals have because of their skin color, as discussed in class individuals who are identified to be white are in many cases given more rights and are ultimately treated better with regards to police and sentencing. This Netflix tv show shows us the dark reality of the world we live in and it demonstrates the type of life or death situations that people of color are faced every day in our current world.
Date: January 18th, 2014
February 17, 2019 at 10:56 am #4093
This picture was taken at UC Berkeley during the 1990’s in the midst of a protest for the creation of a Department of ethnic Studies. I chose this picture not only to share with the class but also for my own understanding. I have never paid attention to the Ethnic Studies department, nor did I know about it. Since this is my first ethnic studies course I have ever taken, I have been learning the importance of an ethnic studies program. Without an ethnic studies program, we wouldn’t be exposed to different cultures or the study of race, gender, or class. We wouldn’t be exposed of things that are going on around the world that are similar to events that happened in earlier years. The most that we are exposed to are field trips during elementary school about Native American culture or MLK, but we only get a taste of it; we never really go back to it as we get older. Student activists from the University of California, Berkeley were protesting and fighting for the creation of an ethnic studies department that included a variety of ethnic studies: African American, Asian American, Chicano, and Native American. In the end, they ended up getting a department of ethnic studies but it is very interesting to see that a photo taken around the 1990’s of student activists fighting for an ethnics program can still be seen today, where students of the modern day are also fighting to keep their ethnic studies department due to budget cuts. Before taking this class, I never knew or understood the importance of an ethnic studies department. It amazes me how important it is to many people.
February 17, 2019 at 11:27 am #4099
The photo I chose is from a “Rise Up For Students” blog that discusses the reasons why the Seattle School Board should have Ethnic Studies in its curriculum. The blog was posted on July 13, 2017.
I chose this photo because of our discussions about the importance of Ethnic Studies. As an Ethnic Studies major, I have my reasons as to why I decided to switch majors into Ethnic Studies. But as my undergraduate career comes to an end, I think more and more about the prospective opportunities in Ethnic Studies. A lot of my colleagues agreed that history classes throughout grade school were extremely biased and issues/history of minority groups and people of color were usually glazed over and never truly taught in history textbooks. Through the readings and the conversations held in class, I could see myself entering academia and potentially teaching Ethnic Studies in high school. Another interesting fact I learned in ETHN 100B about history textbooks is that majority of the popular textbooks used in grade school only use a hand full of archived works. And in addition, only specific points are taken from these archives. This is problematic because it produces and reproduces the ideas that people in power <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>want</span> to put out. Ethnic Studies as a field then challenges these ideas and addresses the history that influences/effects so many minority groups in America.
February 17, 2019 at 11:39 am #4103
<p style=”text-align: left;”>For this week’s topic I chose this documentary called “Precious Knowledge” because it portrayed a controversial debate on the importance of Ethnic Studies within the curriculum. The filmmakers, Ari Luis Paulo and Eren Iasabel McGinnis, documented the engagement of students within the Mexican American Studies Program in Tucson High School in Arizona. This documentary was able to show the progress of student and community activism after Arizona passed a law allowing the State Superintendent to abolish the teaching of ethnic studies classes. In retaliation, the students expressed their message to save ethnic studies through the media and with active protesting. The teachers and especially the students believed that ethnic studies is a significant portion of the curriculum that must be taken into importance because it allows underepresented students to learn about THEIR history. The knowledge that they have retained from it proved in research studies that there was a higher rate of students of color raising their GPA’s and even pursue a higher education. It is a new perspective informing students to embrace their culture and background in a comfortable setting. This picture specifically was filmed within the documentary when the students of Tucson High School protested and informed the community about ethnic studies being taken off the curriculum. It was interesting to see the progress within the documentary as the community involvement expanded. The reason why I chose this was because it was one of the major films that we had watched in my Contemporary Issues class in the summer program I was in, coming as a freshman last year. I really enjoyed that class because I was able to learn from other incoming freshmen who came from different cultural backgrounds.</p>
February 17, 2019 at 12:15 pm #4105
As we reviewed the importance of Ethnic Studies programs this week, I chose to talk about a group of students who are working to bring Ethnic Studies to their high school. Students in the Irvine School District are pushing to get courses in Asian American Studies due to the fact that more than 40% of Irvine’s population is Asian American. Students are calling out the limitations of normal history classes because they want to learn how a diverse group of people and backgrounds contributed to shaping America. I think it’s important to see how students are demanding that they have rights, not only at the college level but the high school level as well.
February 17, 2019 at 1:06 pm #4110
This is a photo of Janice Mirikitani, a Japanese American poet and activist. Mirikitani participated in Third World Liberation Front strikes at SFSU and was an editor for Third World Communications. She is also an important figure in Asian American literature as her poetry touches on the Japanese American experience.
I thought it was important to talk about Janice Mirikitani because she was a more radical Asian American unlike Hayakawa who we discussed in class. In particular in her poem “Suicide Note,” Mirikitani highlighted the consequences of the model minority myth. She illustrated how a female Asian American college student was led to commit suicide because she could not live up to the expectations of her parents, friends, and society’s standards in being the “studious Asian” who gets perfect grades. In her suicide note, the college student apologized to her parents for being a disappointment.
In the poem, Mirikitani revealed how Asian Americans were expected to overcome impossible feats to be accepted into American society. She also stressed the harm Asian American parents can do to their children’s well-being when they enforce the model minority stereotype.
Source: Wikipedia, taken by Nancy Wong in 1977
February 17, 2019 at 1:22 pm #4112
For this week’s theme, about the third world liberation front, and the origin of ethnic studies, I thought it was important to reflect about the origins of the peculiar design of the UCSD campus – which is intended to make demonstrations and activism more difficult in a variety of ways. Attached, is a photo of a protest at UCSD’s Price Center, wherein a large number of students have gathered. Although there are many students protesting, they are separated from each-other by the unique walkway design, and have a difficult time standing in the center, due to the tiered ground. Due to the fact that the protestors are not able to comfortably gather, this makes the crowd appear smaller, and makes group action, and entry/exit more difficult. Some might think that this design is purely unintentional, but nothing could be further from the truth; in fact, UCSD’s campus was specifically designed for the purpose of separating protestors and quelling demonstrations to the largest degree possible. Even the design of the college system, which breaks students into small groups across the nearly 2,000 acre campus, assists in the mission of keeping large groups at-bay. It is important to understand how our own community is shaped irreparably, by the same anti-protest, and anti-student sentiments of the late 1960s that was exhibited (albeit more harmfully) through the response to the third world liberation front at SFSU, UC Berkeley, and more. Hopefully, with this understanding, future sections of the UCSD campus can be designed to be more open, and freer. No matter what, a bit of awkward architecture will not slow down today’s students, fighting for what is right.
February 17, 2019 at 1:40 pm #4114
For this week’s photo share I decided to highlight my friend and mentor Isaiah Wellington-Lynn. Given that this week was on the importance of ethnic studies departments, increasing diversity and equality within education, and how student activism can result in genuine change, I felt it was relevant to highlight Isaiah’s work.
Whilst on his year abroad from UCL at Harvard – an impressive story by itself given that this isn’t technically an exchange option – Isaiah was one of three students who set up the “Redefining Boundaries” fellowship. This fellowship is promoting “black excellence in technology for generations to come” in an attempt to tackle the inequality in tech hubs such as Silicon Valley and has managed to get the support of companies including Google and Facebook. Isaiah is also a student mentor for UCL anthropology, was voted as one of the Top Ten Future Leaders by Powerful Media and during his time at Harvard was a very active fellow in the Politics of Race and Ethnicity Program.
Source: https://www.redefiningboundaries.org/, June 2018.
February 17, 2019 at 1:48 pm #4116
I chose this image because in Arizona a house bill was passed back in 2010 that outlawed certain Mexican-American studies in the curriculum. Many more conservative people in the area felt that the new curriculum was teaching students to resent white people and to adopt left-wing ideals. The Arizona legislature passed HB 2281 — a law banning courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, foster racial resentment, are designed for students of a particular ethnic group or that advocate ethnic solidarity. This law effectively prevented schools from teaching any form of ethnic studies and it silenced the voice of the groups being taught about. In 2017 the law was deemed unconstitutional and the law has been lifted. He stated that the law seemed racially motivated and was not necessary.
February 17, 2019 at 2:20 pm #4124
Despite the fact that students have been pushing for change for almost 50 years now, Harvard University doesn’t have an Ethnic Studies program. Earlier this month, two Asian American studies professors at Harvard decided to leave the university. One of these professors, Natasha Warikoo, was refused tenure in November.
As a result, students and alumni decided to petition the college to create a dedicated Ethnic Studies department. They also Just a few days ago, on the 14th, Harvard administration announced they were working on finding three professors who specialize in ethnic studies. However, just three professors committed to studying diverse perspectives isn’t enough, especially in such a prestigious university. Student activists at Harvard continue to protest and petition for the creation of an Ethnic Studies department and to diversify curriculum across departments.
February 17, 2019 at 2:59 pm #4133
For this weekly share, I want to contribute a photo by David Brendan Hall in September 2016.
In class, we learned about the struggles that students and protestors had to go through to instill Ethnic Studies upon the educational system. I want to focus on the more recent troubles the Ethnic Studies program and its advocates still have to go through. The State Board of Education in Texas decided to put input a Mexican-American studies elective course for Texas’ public schools, however, they changed the name of the course from “Mexican-American Studies” to “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent”. This was a protest against the made the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies’ Tejas Foco Committee on Mexican-American Studies because they believed that the name change de-emphasized the Mexican story and perspective while still white-washing the course itself when the course is supposed to help students learn about the struggles of Mexican-Americans. The name change suggests that the board of education wanted to disregard and de-value the Mexican culture and traditions as something trivial in comparison to being “American”.
February 17, 2019 at 3:05 pm #4135
The photo I am using this week was taken by Ross D. Franklin and was about the event that took place in Arizona when a state law was passed to prohibit ethnic studies courses to be taught in Tucson, Arizona. The controversy was making many people enraged. On the one hand, the people for ethnic studies claimed that it was discrimination against Mexican-Americans and that it was by no means constitutional. The opponents who were against the ethnic studies courses stated that the way the ethnic studies courses were being taught were racist towards Whites. Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill that announced that no courses can “promote resentment toward a race or class of people… [or] advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals” (Brewer). I am in two ethnic studies courses and I would be lying if I said whites did not get most of the heat. But here is the thing, that was what happened in history. Specifically during the time of the Civil Rights movement. Now not all whites, but there were some evil whites who were disgustingly racist and deserved nothing more than to be spat on. It is wrong to change history and to sugar-coat what some whites did because I as a Caucasian and Latino do not agree with that. Talking about Mexicans and Americans, particularly about the border, there is going to be tension. There always will be tension. The way the ethnic studies course will be taught all depends on the teacher though because if a teacher is bias then it could unfairly sway the perspectives of young pupils. Not all races and groups of people are bad, some people in a specific group are because some people are just evil, but not all. If that were the case then this world would not be worth living in. To be honest, it is such a sticky situation when dealing with the past and current emotions and tensions. Referring back to the action that took place in Arizona, if teachers or the course curriculum could not be bias, and just teach it the way history documented it then that is fine. Of course like I briefly mentioned above, there were some cases were some whites were despicable and it is fine to tell it that way, but maybe clarify that not ALL are like that, only some.
I have had a teacher in high school who was white actually and said that “whites don’t know what it is like to be on the receiving end of racism” and I am here to say that that is not true.
February 17, 2019 at 3:13 pm #4141
For this week’s photo share, I wanted to relate the concepts that we discussed in class to something personal. Our discussion of student activism and protests surrounding the fight for the department of Ethnic Studies can be compared to relatively recent action that took place on our campus around three years ago.
Our University’s campus is structured in a way that tries to limit student protests and gatherings. Because of these plentiful structural limitations, our once politically active campus relatively seldom engages in radical action. There are some instances that I have witnessed in my time at UCSD that challenged these structures, and allow us to envision the university as a more politically active space.
The largest action (in quantity of protestors) that I have witnessed at UCSD was after the first travel ban from Muslim-majority countries. In the photo that I have attached, I find it very interesting to note how even though the university has been constructed in a way to limit the masses of people from gathering, protestors continued to gather in breaking numbers. Even though gathering on campus might feel slightly tricky due to the uneven/narrow walking spaces, people continued to gather and congregate in extraordinary numbers.
February 17, 2019 at 3:32 pm #4145
This picture was taken 1957 September 4 by Hazel Bryan this a picture of Little Rock Nine event that reminded me of third world liberation front even if it’s not the same event it still shows how much minorities have to go through in order to get eduction which should be a standard for all people to be able to have and not this luxury that only few will obtain. Just like ethnic studies still being tried to be restricted and terminated should actually be a given to students as a right to learn and get educated in different perspectives that are still facts and essential to fully grasp knowledge.
February 17, 2019 at 4:10 pm #4155
This picture was taken by Roberto Robotico Livar, a parent at a San Antonio charter school, last year. It’s an image of a worksheet that requested a student to fill out the “positive and negative” aspects of slavery. Thankfully, the student refused to participate in the activity but it demonstrates the horrifying reality of what we call “historical negationism.” The erasure or re-writing history has always been a problem but now, the distortion has become more and more problematic as digital technology grows.
The Ethnic Studies department, the birth of it and the fight for many of it by students, is important because we need to undo the damage done by things like these. It’s essential that we seek out ways to repair it.
But we need to start from the ground up. We need to start young because that’s where it begins. Fighting for the ethnic studies department in college is just the tip of the iceberg, a useful and powerful method, but it can’t be the ultimate goal.
February 17, 2019 at 4:29 pm #4162
When Obama was in office there was a reporter who asked if his kids should receive benefits from affirmative action of course obama responded in the negative. later in the news it was reported that obama doesn’t believe in affirmative action. obviously obama, the president at that time, knew that his name carried prestige that would benefit his children. tokenism is a common theme that people use to detract from a larger group pointing and saying, “well they made it, so everyone can”
When hayakawa was president of the san francisco school, he was elected to say “look at the president he was is a person of color with a background similar to those with angst, no need to be upset anymore.” obviously hayakawa was chosen to detract from the problems that the students had with the school. this did not work as well as they had hoped.
February 17, 2019 at 4:31 pm #4166
This week, we talked how college students fought for their rights and we were able to look back on how ethnic studies curriculum is set for the new generation. Thinking back, racism at school is inevitable and questionable. Even when I was a senior in high school, I heard some white kids saying, “I wish I was African American. Then it would have been easier for me to get into better colleges”. Some even directly told me “I mean, you are an Asian. You should go to STEM field for your major”. These may be true, but race cannot be the reason for our education.
I went to a high school that had pre-K to 12 so I often saw some kids playing at the play ground after their school end. It’s interesting to see how they form their own clicks and that often form based on their race. Thinking back, I don’t know why I didn’t question it. I think people naturally want to hang out and feels familiar to the people who are similar to them. Although that’s not racism, I think it’s important to learn difference is allowed and valuable. However, I don’t think that’s well taught in younger age.
If a child is getting bullied in class because of his race, which is possible to happen, the teacher should immediately teach how that child is also gifted and special just like the rest of the kids in the class. Instead, many teachers generally say “You cannot bully your classmate”. I wish when the younger children are unintentionally hurting their one friend just because of race, they should be disciplined and what they are doing. That way, from the young age, the kids may understand what’s wrong and right.
In this picture, a black kid is not putting his hand on his heart when he hears liberty and justice for all. It’s simple because even kids see what’s wrong and feel when something is not right. If we want our next generations to properly learn the history and how to love the difference, we shall think about the significance of ethnic study and teach them.
Source: pnj.com via https://www.pinterest.co.kr/pin/502010689695923499/?lp=true
February 17, 2019 at 4:34 pm #4168
This week I also wanted to relate our discussions about the student activism surrounding Ethnic Studies departments our own campus’ history. I have recently learned more about UCSD’s own extensive history of student and campus community activism despite its rumored reputation to be “socially and politically dead”. I wanted to use a graphic that my friend and Cross-Cultural Center peer, Emily Liu, made for a blog post for the CCC on this quarter’s topic, Social Justice Topics on College Campuses. The graphic depicts a timeline of the major events and strides that were fought for and by, predominantly, students of color. These events include the creation of major organizations such as the Student Affirmation Activist Committee, the current seven campus community centers, the Ethnic Studies Department, and even includes more disruptive protests such as the takeover of the 5 freeway in response to the Los Angeles riots. It grounds me to know that I can enjoy community spaces, such as the Cross-Cultural Center and Women’s Center, heritage months like Cesar Chavez month, because of the hard work other students did before me. It drives me to join efforts to keep their work moving forward and to keep battling against the restrictions of this arguably violent institution.
Link to Emily Liu’s post on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ucsdccc/posts/10156484351794877
February 17, 2019 at 4:40 pm #4173
<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>The picture I have chosen for today is one of the San Francisco State University students protesting for their Ethnic Studies Department. The reason I find this picture so interesting is that as Bay area resident myself I had never heard of this protest. The fact that it has been so recent and such an influential movement makes my obliviousness shocking to me. Learning about this protest in class and researching it on my own time has taught me two things. First, those social movements happen every day all around us and it’s our responsibility to keep our eyes open to that potential change. Second, I learned that when institutions want to hide certain outcomes or moments of unrest It’s relatively easy for them to do so. At the time of this protest, I was in a government class where every morning someone what’s your news from the night before. Every day there was something new and important to share, but this protest was never mentioned. Part of what that shows is the media’s lack of coverage for this event, but it also shows that the person who presented didn’t do ample research or didn’t find this topic important enough to present. Either way, going forward I’m attempting to be more vigilant in reading or watching the news. I think it’s very easy to get buried in the massive avalanche of news every day and my personal goal is to limit my own media fatigue in order to be more present in today’s political atmosphere. </span>
February 17, 2019 at 4:54 pm #4184
For this week, I’m choosing to share a picture of Colin Kaepernick, the former 49er’s Super Bowl starting quarterback, to show the theme of protest we went through this week, found here: https://www.sbnation.com/2019/2/15/18226674/colin-kaepernick-eric-reid-nfl-settlement-protest
Although we have previously shared and already discussed somewhat on Kaepernick, I found it more fitting to share him during this week, especially after the Cornell video we watched in class. Both Kaepernick and the students at Cornell took a unique and brave approach in order to stand up for inequalities in America. Although they were in different manners, and involving different goals, there was one clear benefit and mission they pursued: more equality and justice for discriminated communities in our nation. Both parties should be proud and remembered for their protests, and the light that they brought to the issues they demanded to be fixed.
As a side note, I also picked Kaepernick because on Friday, right after lecture, I looked at my phone and received a notification that Kaepernick reached a settlement with the NFL. While the details remain confidential, I’m glad to see some justice finally being awarded to Kaepernick. As someone who enjoyed watching him play, and someone proud of what he did to stand up for communities in America, I’m glad his protest and blackballing did not go unnoticed and unpunished. #Justice
February 17, 2019 at 4:59 pm #4186
When I attended San Francisco State University for a semester, I remember seeing a small hunger strike happening on campus with a big sign saying Ethnic Studies. At first, I didn’t pay much attention to the protest when I walked across the campus but now looking back, I understand why they were protesting. This week, we focused on the topic, Third World Liberation Front and the Origins of Ethnic Studies. I choose this picture because it’s a representation of students speaking out on campus by protesting and the value of having an ethnic studies program. Being enrolled in this course, I have become more socially aware of the different social movements and being able to connect with them based on my experiences and how it connects to my background. It is really interesting learning about how students had to fight for ethnic studies courses and why they are a necessity. I didn’t even know UCSD had an ethnic studies department only because the school advertises and encourages STEM majors and research.
UCSD provides campus community centers such as Multicultural Room, Raza Resource Center, Women’s Center and more. I enjoy going to these centers because they are welcoming and open to everyone. They also hold events that focus on issues and talks that are happening and sharing them with the whole community. It this helps bring community and comfort towards students. Having ethnic studies classes helps educates students and should be highly encouraged/mandatory.
Image: http://eltecolote.org/content/en/features/ethnic-studies-granted-temporary-funding-but-students-fight-for-permanent-solution/ March 18,2016
February 17, 2019 at 5:17 pm #4188
This week I wanted to share some photos from a grassroots, student movement for liberation in the “Third World” in alliance with black liberation movements in the U.S. during the time of the struggle for the establishment of Ethnic Studies. Around this time, Asian American students at UCLA began to mobilize in solidarity with their black and brown brothers and sisters. They started a student-run zine to bring attention to issues of police brutality, black rights and liberation, and the Vietnam War. It’s a great example of forgotten histories that contest the idea that Asian Americans are apolitical or apathetic to the plight of other communities. It’s also important to note that, given the amount of recognition we give to male leaders of activist and liberation movements, the zine was largely produced by women that also took the opportunity to critique the male-dominated world of activism and the lack of liberation movements for women that also aligned with other liberation movements at the time.
Source: Gidra Zine, December 1970 issue (https://www.topic.com/the-forgotten-zine-of-1960s-asian-american-radicals)
February 17, 2019 at 9:25 pm #4196
This week’s theme has to do with the origins of ethnic studies. The image I picked reminded me a lot about the movie called “precious knowledge” because it talked about how some government officials believed that the Mexican-American class was being racist and mean towards white folks, when that was not the situation. The image shows students protesting towards allowing ethnic studies to continue in order to further learn about their culture and from where they came from. This situation was occurring in Arizona about not allowing ethnic studies that students started to protest for their right to learn about their culture. Government officials were believed that the teachers were trashing our founding fathers and making them less important, but that was not really what was happening. This image helps see how students felt towards knowing that their culture was treated like if it was not important to learn about.
Author: Jeff Biggers
Date: dec 6, 2017 (last updated )
February 17, 2019 at 9:39 pm #4198
For this week’s assignment, I wanted to share something specific to UCSD. I’ve attached a photo from our library archives of a 1965 protest in Revelle plaza (unfortunately not much context is given). Given our discussions this week, I thought it pertinent to post something that speaks to UCSD’s involvement in activism. I think that many of us have an image of UCSD as a depoliticized, apathetic space that does not have the “radical” spirit that we associate with college campuses. I was definitely guilty of this, especially considering UCSD’s STEM heavy character. But, looking back to UCSD’s anti-war and anti-apartheid activisms, for example, reminds us that UCSD students have always been vocal and mobile. It is only our misremembering–our purposeful forgetting–that leads us to believe that UCSD is devoid of political discourse. Today, students continue to organize and mobilize for the things that matter (e.g. we heard our classmates speak about the organizing being done pertaining to the Zion Market ICE raids!!).
https://library.ucsd.edu/dc/object/bb43356790; September 1965; photographer unknown
February 17, 2019 at 9:47 pm #4200
For this week’s photo share, I decided to discuss The Che Cafe located on campus. This has been a highly contested space on campus. Administration has threatened to close it down but was met with student protests. The reason it is a “controversial” space on campus is because it acknowledges systems of oppression and seeks to challenge them by honoring figures who have fought for the rights of marginalized groups such as Che Guevara, Cesar Chavez, and Angela Davis. It is a space where students can come together to learn about counter-hegemonic movements, create art, and just enjoy live music and vegan food. Spaces like these on any college campus are always under attack- they are important for students because it allows them to come together and participate in important dialogues surrounding their lived experiences and the political and social climates on campus. They are also often the result of grassroots organizing and student-led movements.
February 17, 2019 at 11:38 pm #4205
This image is of students in San Francisco in support of the Third World Liberation Front 2016, defending the San Francisco State College of Ethnic Studies. The signs they are holding read “NO HISTORY NO SELF” to demonstrate the importance of having an ethnic studies department that reflects the histories of the students it teaches. Students should have the right to understand their own identities without the dominant cultures determining what can and cannot be taught to them. Having an inclusive curriculum may seem to be a trivial issue to some, but that perspective comes from a place of privilege. The students’ concerns to defend the ethnic studies department was backed by the solidarity of different racial groups within the student bodies of participating schools. This cross-racial coalition is an alliance in defense of justice for marginalized communities, which is clearly demonstrated by these students’ defense of their learning.
Photographer: Melissa Minton
February 18, 2019 at 3:18 pm #4211
(Sorry for the late submission!)
For Week 6 we focused a lot on student activism and the need for diversity at PWI campuses. For this week’s image I decided to use a photo from our very own 2010 protests. As a result of the Compton Cookout and other instances of anti-Blackness on this campus, UCSD SAAC (Students of Affirmative Action Committee) orgs held protests and teach ins to bring attention to the ways in which UCSD falls short in protecting marignalized students. Students from many different backgrounds and even some professors came together to hold UCSD accountable for it’s lack of inclusivity for Black students. The series of protests are now referred to as “Black Winter” and as a result of non-stop organizing and allyship, UCSD constructed the Black Resource Center as a safe space for Black students and mandated that every student take at least one DEI course before graduating. While there is still more work to be done in order to make this campus a truly welcoming space for Black and brown students, the solidarity shown in the Black Winter protests drew attention to UCSD’s shortcomings, served as a catalyst for many positive changes, and and reaffirmed the power that students have when they work together.
The image selected for this week comes from one of the teach in protests that took place in 2010. As you can tell, the protest took place in Price Center which made it impossible for students and customers to get in and out of the shopping center. I would argue that this protest was highly successful because it sh0wed the value that EDI education has on this campus and by punishing UCSD economically they were forced to take the student protests seriously.
Source: John Im and MG Abugan, 2010
February 19, 2019 at 5:02 pm #4213
This week I chose a photo from the Mexican Student Massacre on October 2, 1968. As student protests erupted throughout the world, students of UNAM rose against the PRI regime in solidarity with low-paid workers. Though the students attempted a peaceful demonstration, the protest erupted, thousands were arrested and some students were murdered by police forces. The ordeal brought greater civil liberties to Mexican citizens. (Sorry for late submission I forgot to press submit.)
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