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The voluble impresario, by way of assuring viewers of his ghetto provenance, launched into a spoken résumé; he testified to a genuine Compton gangsta lineage, boasting, among other things, that several years back he’d served time in “the pen.” He also added, “There were no black people hung at the event. Nobody was beaten up.… Everybody had a good time. The police weren’t called.… Nobody got robbed, nobody got shot, nobody got stabbed.”

Jones may have had a good time (not to mention a flurry of hits on his website and orders for his DVDs), but the UCSD administration was less than amused. Neatly sidestepping any First Amendment issues — which were given conspicuously short shrift by the media — they promptly announced that they would investigate. Follow-ups by reporters, expected questions about little details like freedom of speech, were sparse.

Putting aside the reporters’ glaring lack of journalistic detachment (i.e., their zeal to join, rather than report on, the braying chorus), it seems they also found a pack of white devils (just as national news organizations did in the Duke lacrosse team) to lash with that blackest of contemporary opprobrium: racism. No one in the local fourth estate has acquitted himself exceptionally well (at least on the record), but of all the offenders, Channel 6 news has possibly been the most egregious, to wit: their February 24 online coverage of the teach-in was titled “Battle Against Hate” and placed next to a handy link, “Join the Battle Against Hate,” which led to the official UCSD website.

Why was a key detail — the fact that an African American comedian was a moving force behind the event — its star, no less — omitted by TV stations? Was the intent to preserve a false black-white dichotomy — the disturbing implication that this teapot tempest, this campus kerfuffle, arose from an act of profound animus rather than a college party lark? Who knows — perhaps it was just slipshod reporting, the sort of coverage that shouldn’t pass muster in a high school newspaper. As one might expect, blog posters have weighed in with their own interpretations of partiers, protesters, and campus politics. Some, such as “Kyle,” posting on the San Diego News Network site, have noted the irony inherent in UCSD’s efforts to muzzle some voices on campus. “Colleges used to champion free speech. Now it seems only pc speech is free.” Still others, citing intrinsic comedic possibilities, have recommended a more lighthearted response to the Cookout brouhaha.

On the Channel 8 message board, someone with the handle of “Student of the Month” suggested, “We students should have a party, dress like chancellor chicks and talk loud and demanding like administrators. We could wear gold chains and expensive Nordstrom clothes and drive up in Mercedes and BMWs [and] eat a bucket o’ caviar.”

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Jay_S March 11, 2010 @ 1:04 p.m.

It seems you have been had. I've been following this story pretty closely and have been communicating with Jones via email.

Jones aka Nipsey is claiming responsibility for the party when he was not responsible for organizing it, his name was not on the invite, and according to people who were there, he wasn't even in attendance at the "party." In fact, there is no recent DVD release. This is all a chance for him to get his 15 minutes of fame at any cost, including his dignity.

It's pretty obvious that this guy is willing to do a StepnFetchit act for anyone who will give him a little attention. In fact, when he was recently compared to the infamous buffoon he seemed proud and said "well, that muthaf*cka was a millionaire and he was famous."

The depths of this guys ignorance is unfathomable. He is not only willing to clown himself for a little face time but he is willing to drag other people through the mud with him. If this guy had a brain he'd be dangerous. Take a look at a few of his Youtube videos (if you dare). You can hear his type of idiocy on any prison yard in America. In fact, he just got out of prison a few years ago.

He played right into the hands of Roger Hedgecock (a fellow felon) the biggest racist on the airwaves in San Diego by telling him that he endorses this kind of mocking of an entire people.

I wonder if Roger would be okay with a "Wetback party" (immigration is his pet issue after all) or a "Chink/Go*k" party, if a Latino or Asian attended the party and simply claimed to have organized it.

On second thought, I'm afraid to actually know what his answer would be...

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staybrown1 March 12, 2010 @ 2:36 a.m.

“Arguably, the missing details — omitted intentionally, it appears — constitute an even more egregious journalistic failure than the (somewhat) subtler shading” –Moss Gropen

Gropen, you should “turn on the heat” and do some fact checking yourself in order to “shed some [real] light” of your neoliberal cognitive response to mainstream media. First, you forgot to mention that when the KKKoala went on air that morning—a rogue broadcast that was unsanctioned by SRTV—besides defending their racist rhetoric and actions, they also stated that the black population at UCSD where a bunch of “Ungrateful N-----s.” Also, on the floor of the SRTV set after the building was inspected, a note was found that said “Compton Lynching.” Now, these omissions might avail a simple defense; however, it sounds like the kkkoala people are creating an environment of fear and violence on the UCSD campus, and for the students of color that do feel “Real Pain”, WWWIII is an understatement. Furthermore, the “laundry” list of demands that were conceded by Chancellor Fox, i.e. the “free tutoring” is part UCSD’s commitment to diversity. Simply stated, what the Black Student Union call for is to have the same access to educational programs that other students have, like the “free tutoring” that student athletes receive for being good at something that has nothing to do with academia. To be more precise, “free tutoring” is part of many higher institutions commitment to student success and they are funded mostly through student fees, fees that I pay as a student at UCSD, like that of athletic departments across most public institutions. In other words, since UCSD is a public institution, then it needs to be responsible for maintaining an equitable and just educational system. Finally, in your view, because “Jiggaboo Jones” is black, then the “Compton Cook-out” cannot be held as what it truly was, a racist minstrel party. The rhetoric of a post-Obama/ post-racial society is simply far from the truth. A simple look at Tea Baggers would suffice. However, like black performers during the height of minstrel shows, minstrelsy was the only avenue for black performers to enter “Hollywood” life. However, the fact that blacks also entertained white audiences in double black face does not erase, minimize or legitimize the material and discursive structures of black oppression. In its historical legacy, “Jiggaboo Jones” is no exception to this rule.

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CuddleFish March 12, 2010 @ 7:29 a.m.

Um, you're a student at UCSD? Not an English major, I take it?

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BigDawg March 15, 2010 @ 12:52 p.m.

Moss, 3 things in your article: The cookout was done by a Negro man, the noose incident was done by a Negro woman (student) and the sheet was done by a Negro male (non-student). Get your facts straight. I am rather glad you did this article as ALL of the media has left out the most important parts!!! All for the sake of less than 2% Negroes at UCSD. And the school conceeded to their demands. What this all comes to bear is this: At some point in the future, the entire UC system will become private. That will mean no protests from students about higher tuition, fees, etc. The Regents are pretty fed up with this whole thing and all hell is going to come down on these sissy wimps at these UC's.

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Media123 March 25, 2010 @ 8:10 a.m.

“Compton Cookout Media hoax" done by a African American comedian should be the HEADLINE!

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Media123 March 25, 2010 @ 8:27 a.m.

media reports it wrong people respond one media outlet corrects it people interpret the correction wrong stupid is as stupid does....

you did not need an investigative media for this one.. just common sense.. be skeptical of what you see on main stream media . read between the lines.. 90% of media just read press releases sent out by people who want there one sided story out..the other 10% is reporting on what others have reported on…

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