Had You Heard About The Compton Cookout Thing At UCSD?
I hate people sometimes:
An event organized by several fraternaties at UCSD has been condemned by the college's administration after advertising an event called a "Compton Cookout" to mock Black History Month. An invitation to the event posted on Facebook invited students to a party held at a condominium near campus at which attendees were encouraged to wear "urban" clothing (by brands such as FUBU, to speak loudly and to eat foods such as watermelon, chicken and malt liquor.
UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox dubbed the party "offensive" and an "[act] of discrimination."
On February 18, 2010, a dozen California lawmakers condemned the invitation and asked for an investigation into the cookout event. Assemblyman Isadore Hall, whose district includes the city of Compton, called the invitation "a blatant and hurtful act of racism, sexism and hate."
The official event invitation, posted on Facebook, notes that February - typically observed as Black History Month - is very important. It goes on to invite attendees to a Compton Cookout on behalf of "the Regents community."
The invitation specifies the type of attire attendees should wear, recommending White T's, anything by FUBU, Ecko, Rockawear and "stunner shades" for men. It then goes on to describe so-called "ghetto chicks" as those who "usually have gold teeth, start fights and drama and wear cheap clothes..." and well as individuals with "a very limited vocabulary."
Food is described as '40s, kegs of Natural Light (also known as "Natty") and Purple Drank, a reference to an intoxicating beverage made with cough syrup, popularized during the height of hip-hop's "crunk" fad.
The invitation ends with an entreaty to "come on and come all, make ya self before we break ya self, keep strapped, get yo shine on and join us for a day party to be remembered - or not.