L.A. Civil Rights Group Decries 'Compton Cookout' Frat Party
A Los Angeles civil rights group on Wednesday asked UCSD administrators to suspend and even expel students who organized a racist "Compton Cookout" party at the San Diego university.
Eddie Jones, president of the Los Angeles Civil Rights Association, told the Weekly "we are asking that the chancellor there suspend the people who are responsible and/or expel them for participating in activities that are not healthy for all the students who attend that university. We will not stand for the racism." The off-campus fraternity event mocked Black History Month by asking attendees to dress as gold-toothed stereotypes and by promising to serve Kool-Aid, chicken and "40s."
The NACCP had also called for sanctions against the students involved, but the university has said it might not have that kind of jurisdiction in the matter because the event was held off-campus.
Students protesting the party walked out of a teach-in regarding race relations at the La Jolla campus Wednesday. Demonstrators decried the fact that African-Americans represent only 1.3 percent of the university's undergraduate population.
"The people responsible for these actions should be held accountable, their names should be published and they should be brought to justice for racial bias and hate crimes," Jones said.
He said he'll be speaking about incident Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on AM 1460 Radio.
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