A student reports via e-mail that on Tuesday, October 27, at the vendors’ market on UCSD’s Library Walk, she was browsing the “$2 For Everything” booth when a group of six or seven African-American high school students came into the booth and stole some of the vendor’s merchandise and walked away. The vendor then made a number of racist comments to the reporting student, who is also African-American.

The vendor said that every time she allows “those people” and “that race” to enter her shop, they steal from her, that she can allow “20 Asians and 20 Mexicans” to be alone at her booth, but that if there are 3 African-Americans alone, all of them will steal from her. The vendor further stated that she is considering shaving her head and painting a swastika sign on the back of it.

When the African-American student left, she said, “I hope your day gets better.” The vendor replied, “I hope your race gets better.” The student reported the incident as hate speech, and the vendor has been asked not to return for the remainder of the market’s run, which ends Friday.

University officials are working to modify the vendor fair contract so that the university will have the authority to terminate a vendor agreement for any reason.


sceptic Oct. 31, 2009 @ 11:37 p.m.

African-American UCSD student witnessed African-American High school students steal merchandise from vendors and did nothing to prevent this? Shame, shame, shame!

Two sides to every story so I will be looking forward to Claire's "part two" of this story and hear from the merchant.


Joe Poutous Nov. 1, 2009 @ 7:45 a.m.

"...and did nothing to prevent this?"

you weren't there man...


sceptic Nov. 3, 2009 @ 6:12 a.m.

while I wasn't there I could find no UCSD police reports regarding the arrest of the thieving high school students. I seriously doubt the person that emailed her/his one sided story to the paper would have omitted the part where she/he stepped in and confronted the thieving high school students, thus my conclusion that the witness did nothing to prevent it. Maybe the student just did not see?

Claire could and should have done more work on this article

don't you find it a little odd that the merchant would say "that race" when the merchant was talking to some one from "that race"?


ibdbenny Nov. 8, 2009 @ 10:51 p.m.

I dont get it either, did the vendor not realize the student she was talking to was African American ! up until she sais "hope your race gets better" i would guess not. The vendors comments were not just racist they were ludicrous.People might be more concerned for the vendors mental health than any offence taken by such off the wall comments. Also im not 100% sure of the students account of what was said, the language used sounds artificial im sure there is alot of truth to the students account but the whole story sounds weird !!!


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