Increase in racist incidents at UC campuses
March 3, 2010
UC campuses across the state have experienced an increase in racist incidents during the early months of 2010. [Associated Press]
At UC San Diego, a KKK-style hood was found on campus, the most recent in a series of incidents targeting black students. A noose was also discovered on the UC Santa Cruz campus.
Last month, a Jewish student at UC Davis had a swastika carved on her door.
The work is most likely the work of students using offensive and outrageous behavior to gain notoriety, according to Brian Levin, director of California State University Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
Students at UCLA are calling for a required ethnic studies course to increase awareness of other cultures. Protests are also being held at UC San Diego and UC Irvine to denounce racism on campus.