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As I was doing my daily reading earlier, I came across an article that literally made me more frustrated than I have ever been in a very long time. The article told the story of a white fraternity at the University of California at San Diego dressing in black face for their “Compton Cook out.” This event was held “in honor” of Black History Month. Read the invitation letter below:

“February marks a very important month in American society. No, i’m not referring to Valentines day or Presidents day. I’m talking about Black History month. As a time to celebrate and in hopes of showing respect, the Regents community cordially invites you to its very first Compton Cookout.

For guys: I expect all males to be rockin Jersey’s, stuntin’ up in ya White T (XXXL smallest size acceptable), anything FUBU, Ecko, Rockawear, High/low top Jordans or Dunks, Chains, Jorts, stunner shades, 59 50 hats, Tats, etc.

For girls: For those of you who are unfamiliar with ghetto chicks-Ghetto chicks usually have gold teeth, start fights and drama, and wear cheap clothes – they consider Baby Phat to be high class and expensive couture. They also have short, nappy hair, and usually wear cheap weave, usually in bad colors, such as purple or bright red. They look and act similar to Shenaynay, and speak very loudly, while rolling their neck, and waving their finger in your face. Ghetto chicks have a very limited vocabulary, and attempt to make up for it, by forming new words, such as “constipulated”, or simply cursing persistently, or using other types of vulgarities, and making noises, such as “hmmg!”, or smacking their lips, and making other angry noises,grunts, and faces. The objective is for all you lovely ladies to look, act, and essentially take on these “respectable” qualities throughout the day.

We will be serving 40’s, Kegs of Natty, dat Purple Drank- which consists of sugar, water, and the color purple , chicken, coolade, and of course Watermelon.

Of course this has outraged the black students on campus, who only make up about 2% of the school’s population. The University has yet to take action against the students who participated. After reading the letter, I took a moment to think about what role black people play in this situation. Without displacing the blame too much, we have to be held accountable for our ROLE in this ignorance. Is this the impression we’re leaving on non-blacks?

Regardless, this is the state of our country in the year 2010. We still deal with blatant racism, and even worse, racism thats hidden. My question to you is, will we ever get past it? It is my hope that people hundreds of years from now will look back and wonder how we tolerated it.

In 2010, I’ll be 22 years old, with a bachelors degree, and hopefully working on a masters. I will have 4 internships under my belt, and will be running my own business and non-profit mentorship program. I always want to be opposite of the stereotype. We need to do our best to step up, and make greatness the norm. What are you doing to reshape black in 2010?

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