In the first case we go to the University of California - San Diego. Leave it up to the intemperate idiocy of the MTv generation to come up with their own tribute to "Black History Month". Had they mocked "Christianity", an array of Conservative White Men or the line up of Clarence Thomas, Michael Steele, Shelby Steele, Condi Rice and Ward Connerly, they would have experienced far less scorn. Hell - "The Root.com" threw most of the members of this list out of the Black race. These White kids would have had cover for attacking "Free Range Blacks". In fact some AfroSpear blogs would have proudly run the story.
Funds Cut After College Show Mocks Blacks
SAN DIEGO - The University of California, San Diego has halted funding for student media after a TV segment ridiculed black students outraged by a party mocking Black History Month.
The head of the campus Associated Students froze funding for 33 media outlets last week after one, The Koala, ran a student TV episode calling black students ungrateful and using a derogatory term for blacks.
Associated Students President Utsav Gupta called the program "deeply offensive and hurtful" and revoked The Koala's television charter.
Some of you will never know how much I hope that one day that the funding will be cut for certain "Hip Hop Voice Of The Street Pirate" acts. They are as offensive to Black people as are these White folks in black-face. The fact that these performers know better makes it hard to take. The fact that they go on to sell a million records from their minstrel acts makes it an intolerable situation.
Secondly we have the "White girls" of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.
For the record - when we talk about Black Sororities and Step Shows the names:
- Delta Sigma Theta
- Alpha Kappa Alpha
- Zeta Phi Beta
- Sigma Gamma Rho
I do credit the crowd that attended this recent event in Atlanta. These White girls were well received. There were no perceptible "boos". There was a thunderous applause at the end of their show.
However, with my knowledge about the concerns that my "sistas" have about their "brothers" being sweet on White girls - especially the brothers that have matriculated through college and have the potential of making something out of themselves - this recent encroachment by these "White girls" into this once protected space surely must be seen as yet another challenge in the minds of some "sistas".
DIVERSITY AND RESPECT
These two stories actually highlight what the Black Activist movement has been longing for. On the one hand I would dare say that the majority of college dance parties held by White folks make heavy use of "Black music" and/or the "Blue-eyed Soul" version of it (See Lady Gaga, etc). Thus the mocking that was shown in UCSD was merely the addition of the full accompaniment of stereotypical costumes and shoe polish for the skin to go along with the music that they had already been dancing to all year long.
In regards to the step shows - don't be too surprised, my people, if other White sororities and fraternities get into the "step show" business, taking it and running with it. They have a far larger embedded base of patrons who can pay for the tickets to see the show.
What is clear to me in regards to "diversity" is that those who are in control of the entity that is being forced to diversify often are resistant to change. Those who the agents of diversity are seeking to break down the doors, expediting the day where a step team can be judged by the content of their performance and not the three letters of their "greek letter" organization. For some, however, when they take the prize money home from their winnings - there is a problem with this "transference". They merely have to step up their game.