The latest non-crime to inspire panic is some student prankster`s idea to put a pillowcase, looking like a KKK hood, on the statue of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) outside the UCSD Library. I`m going to repeat the nature of the crime here, in case you missed it—a student put a pillowcase on a statue. Does that justify this headline?
By Ana Tintocalis
March 2, 2010 Audio
SAN DIEGO — Federal law enforcement agencies are now investigating a series of racially-charged incidents at UC San Diego. The most recent involves the discovery of a Ku Klux Klan-like hood on campus.
UCSD campus police found what appeared to be a white pillowcase made into a KKK-style hood Monday evening. That hood was placed on a statue in front of the university`s main library. A noose was found inside the same library last week.[More]
I don`t see why anyone should be frightened or worried about someone putting a pillowcase on a statue. White students aren`t going to engage in mass violence at UCSD, where they`re a minority anyhow.
Black students are only 2 percent of the population at this college, but that`s because affirmative action is illegal in California, and you need good scores to get in.
And how do we know this wasn`t put there by some Japanese-American who hates Geisel for his patriotic wartime cartoons? Here`s one:
As a political cartoonist, Geisel was more or less of a Hubert Humphrey liberal on racial issues—except when it came to the Japanese, who were fascist. Putting a hood on Geisel could have been someone`s way of saying that they thought he was a Klansman—and the Japanese Student Association at UCSD actually exists, unlike the Ku Klux Klan.