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Racial hatred on HSU campus

This just in from HSU prez Rollin Richmond.

Dear HSU Community Member:

Recently there was an incident on campus of racial hatred that involved a written attack against a faculty member. This is a hateful and cowardly act. The faculty member involved has resigned from the university in fear for his/her safety. The outrage and sorrow expressed by those members of the campus community who know of this incident reiterate the university’s absolute and unequivocal refusal to tolerate this kind of behavior. The University Police Department has been notified and is investigating the incident. Let us all continue to reflect on the challenges of social justice and inclusivity that continue to elude us — as a campus community and as a society overall. It is essential that we strive to find ways to make our campus a safer and more humane community. Everyone will benefit from the opportunity to experience and learn from a diverse faculty and staff.

Let us reaffirm our support for HSU’s vision and use it to guide our interactions with members of the campus community: We will be renowned for social and environmental responsibility and action.

Rollin C. Richmond

(h/t Not A Native)

  1. Skippy
    September 24, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Very sad news.

    It’s especially disheartening is that the faculty member resigned.

    When racist threats lead to a resignation based on fear/intimidation, the racist scumbags are sure to feel empowered.

    Here’s to the hope that the racist scumbags are promptly arrested, convicted, and imprisoned.

  2. Little Bird
    September 24, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    This was a young Latino woman who was a new hire in the Child Development department. Students and fellow teachers said she was nice and are shocked by this event. Someone left a note, I believe on her office door, that contained the racism. I’ve also heard that the teacher’s spouse was still living out of town so, I presume, that effected her decision to leave as well. That’s all the information I know on the subject.

    This is just such an incredibly messed up (for lack of a better word) event to see happen. I’ve been here almost my entire life and am disgusted that a fellow local (or at least transplant) would do this.

    Sadly, this has happened before. At CR, in ’98 I think, there was an African-American teacher (sociology maybe?) who received outright death threats against not only himself but also his family (he was married to a white woman, heaven forbid).

    I’m sitting here trying to think of something poignant to say but I’m just at a loss for words. Probably because, in my opinion, this type of BS is just going to keep going in one way or another. It’s almost literally sickening.

    PS- thanks Heraldo for not making this about Richmond. I’m not a fan of his but when crap like this happens I think it’s important to stay on issue. Kudos for that, sir.

  3. September 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    What a bunch of cry baby hippies….get over it, you’re being stolen from government.

    Grow some skin and stop crying to government when someone hurts your feelings.

  4. September 24, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Who is crying to government? You make a mockery of yourself.

  5. High Finance
    September 24, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    HSU is overreacting. One nasty person wrote an awful letter.

    This is not a trend. This is just one pathetic coward.

  6. September 24, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    They get some funds for hate crimes on campus, plus the “worker” gets to sue- only lawyers win in these PC times.

    In the future giving someone the finger will land you in prison as a hate crime….too much non-sense.

    I bet they’ll clamp down with extra over time security and other hippie bs, try to get the heat off them being a second rate school that is known as a diploma mill.

  7. Eric Kirk
    September 24, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Was there an actual threat of violence? The statement seems vague on that point. Racism is bad, but a threat of violence is worse.

  8. 06em
    September 24, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    The faculty member involved has resigned from the university in fear for his/her safety.

    If this statement by the HSU President is accurate, how could the writing have not been a threat of violence?

  9. Anonymous
    September 24, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    good luck if you think the university police are going to solve anything

    but why give up a career over a letter/

  10. September 24, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Sounds like an overblown thing where someone took the wrong view on someone getting a message. I’ll probably call bullshit on this one.

  11. Middle-o-the-strea m
    September 24, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I too must call a bullshit. Grow up tell the cops of any threat. If she quite because of truth then good. If she quite because of threats then the cop must investigate. Was she compitent? Why would she give up a job because of a threat? B S!

  12. Anonymous
    September 24, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    If you want to understand the concept of “white privilege,” the comments by Fred Mangels and Middle-o would be a good place to start.

    High Finance, I can only thank heavens you are not in a position of power.

    Of course, this area isn’t racist. Everyone will tell you so. Some of our best friends…

  13. Eric Kirk
    September 24, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    If this statement by the HSU President is accurate, how could the writing have not been a threat of violence?

    I don’t know. But it’s not something we should have to infer. If someone made a threat which makes someone fear for her safety, then criminal charges ought to be filed.

  14. Vincenzo
    September 24, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree that racism and threats of violence is (are?) wrong. What really sickens me though is the PC pablum spewed forth by that mealy-mouthed weenie Rollin Richmond. Let’s all hold hands, kumbayah, etc. And not to be a conspiracy theorist, but I would be looking to try to find independent verification of someone in a position to make said threat(s). Other than that, I would look at the “victim” to maybe have cooked it up to give her a good reason to split town. Just sayin’.

  15. September 24, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Okay. Time for BF to go. H – just post the rule – no imbedded video and give BF an ultimatum.

  16. September 24, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I’m testing on a work-around to stop the embeds. We’ll see how it works.

  17. Time to get real
    September 24, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Black Flag needs some cultural retraining, what a blow hard.

  18. franklin
    September 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Yo, Vincenzo, let’s blame the threatened woman, you think? She should “woman up” and take it while the criminal who wrote the note strikes a blow against political correctness, eh?

  19. September 25, 2009 at 12:25 am

    I have heard from sources that there is a large anti veteran/military presence on the campus.
    I am against wars but some veterans were roped into joining up. They served their time and country and then get dumped on by a students and others on the HSU campus.
    If there are people there that don’t even respect the people that thought that they were serving us by putting their lives on the line, it is no surprise that there are people there that don’t like people of other races.
    This country has a lot of growing to do. The hatred I see in faxes and email I get at work show that part of this country still harbors pre-Civil War ideas. The south lost the war, we passed civil rights legislation in this country and have had to use the FBI to enforce it. We have come a long way but have so far to go. Did I mention yet how much I hate these bigots?

  20. Anonymous
    September 25, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Tom, don’t pat yourself on the back with too much enthusiasm. The North fought the South, defeated it militarily, then tried for a few short years (Reconstruction) to change the anti-black structure of Southern society. When the defeated white Southerners began to engage in terrorism against blacks and their Northern allies in the South (think of the KKK), the North decided it was a good time to them to skeedaddle, and for 100 years, the North did damn near nothing to help the former slaves achieve true freedom under law.

    What was gained militarily was squandered by the policy, supported by the North, of ending Reconstruction before its goals had been achieved.

    So you see, blame belongs to the South and the North.

    (I’ll comment later on other aspects of this terrible development.)

  21. 06em
    September 25, 2009 at 7:20 am

    If someone made a threat which makes someone fear for her safety, then criminal charges ought to be filed.

    And from the letter it appears that an investigation is underway. Doesn’t that usually precede charges being filed?

    One problem with the intertubes is that blog commenting can get out way ahead of the story. Trad journos at least wait till they have a set of facts that make a story before they publish, instead of a single fact that everyone can speculate over.

  22. Not A Native
    September 25, 2009 at 10:16 am

    H. how about a little credit for the contribution?

  23. September 25, 2009 at 11:15 am

    The credit is yours, NAN.

  24. Anonymous
    September 26, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    About a year ago, a Hispanic-American student accused the entire north coast, but mostly Arcata, of being prejudiced against her because of her dark skin and her Spanish accent.

    Later, in discussions online, it came out that she is very light-skinned and that she speaks flawless English without any trace of an accent, having been born and raised in Southern California.

    When people here found out that her complaints had been lies, she left Humboldt County.

    Yet for many weeks, her allegations of racism were believed and repeated widely.

    When a person alleges he or she is the victim of racism, he or she gains the immediate and powerful sympathy of the great majority of people here, because the great majority of people here are not racists and in fact hate racism.

    What a cruel act it is to gain the sympathy of the whole community based on lies that smear the whole community as racist!

    That said, I have no information about the current case at HSU. I am waiting for the results of the investigation, along with other local people of good will.

  25. capdiamont
    September 29, 2009 at 7:00 am

    TS article says it was racist, had no threats in it, and did not mention her.

  26. Anonymous
    September 29, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Soderberg said she is unsure exactly where the letter was located near the faculty member’s office but it was not in the office nor on the floor.

    Huh? How can UPD not know where the letter was found? Fishy.

  27. Shannon
    September 29, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Here are some excerpts from the Lumberjack’s “Breaking News” article delivered to my inbox on the 25th:

    University Police Department (UPD) Lieutenant Lynne Soderberg said the faculty member discovered a letter near her office on the afternoon of Sept. 8. Soderberg said the letter includes “racially slanted words.” UPD would not disclose if the letter is hand written or typed.

    HSU and UPD determined this is a hate incident, not a hate crime, because the wording of the letter made no physical threats. UPD is conducting an investigation of the incident.

    “There was no vandalism,” said Soderberg, “no threat, no actual physical violence that occurred, which is why it is a hate incident.”…

    …The faculty member chose to resign out of concern for her safety.

    So – there was a note left SOMEWHERE near SOMEONE’s office. There were “racially slanted” words contained therein, but NO THREATS and NO NAMES.

    Yet this woman resigned out of “concern for her safety?”

    How thin can one’s skin (regardless of its color) be?

  28. Anonymous
    September 29, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    By reporting that she is the victim of racial hatred, she becomes a hero. She wouldn’t be the first person to do that. Not even the first person to do that in Humboldt County within our lifetimes.

    There was the young woman mentioned a few posts above who lied about how she was treated in Humboldt County and then left town when she was exposed on a local blog as a liar. Also, there was an interracial couple in Manila who became heroes when they reported a cross had been burned on their lawn. Later, after they admitted they themselves had burned the cross, their story moved off the front pages.

    See, racism against minorities is a front-page story, as it should be, but stories about people who make up racial incidents are just not written very often. The allegations of racism linger, even when the allegations are not true. The media drops stories like this instead of following them to their conclusions because dropping the stories means they don’t have to admit they were “taken in” by the original false allegations. Nobody likes to look foolish, and the newspapers and electronic media can shift attention away from their errors in judgment when they want.

    And the common thread? False accusations of racism tarnish our own sense of the goodness of our community. It makes us wonder if our neighbors are racists under the skin. It makes Humboldters look like racists to people outside Humboldt. Most important, it calls into question the truthfulness of people who are in fact the victims of racism and who do in fact report real acts of racism against them.

    Homework assignment for today: Re-read the children’s story entitled “The Boy Who Cried Wolf!”

  29. Mr. Nice
    September 29, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    About a year ago, a Hispanic-American student accused the entire north coast, but mostly Arcata, of being prejudiced against her because of her dark skin and her Spanish accent.

    How could she feel bad when some suckers from Arcata made fun of her accent anyway? The Humboldt speech pattern is the weakest shit ever. I mean “Del Nort,” “Buuhner,” “drownding?” She should’ve been making fun of y’all.

  30. Anonymous
    September 30, 2009 at 12:21 am

    The point, Mr. Nice, is that when she told her story about being discriminated against because of her accent and her dark skin, she was lying.

    Does your contempt for Humboldt County citizens make you feel like a winner? If you cut yourself off from the people around here, you will be the loser.

  31. Mr. Nice
    September 30, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Y’all talk funny as hell. Every day I talk to some hilarious talker. Like that Dr. Gary Garcia dude in Arcata, I called his office once and they answered the phone pronouncing his name like it rhymed with Marcia. I busted up so bad. Funny as fuck.

    But, anonydude, no contempt here. I have much love for Humboldt people. Even the anonymous haters on this blog.

  32. Anonymous
    September 30, 2009 at 10:50 am

    False accusations of racism tarnish our own sense of the goodness of our community.

    That’s true in Arcata where shopkeepers are derided as racist, allegedly watching students of color while in the stores, as if thinking they will shoplift.

    No dumb ass. Shopkeepers watch ALL college students because a significant number DO shoplift. Whether students do shoplift more than the general population I can’t say. It’s bad all over. Shoplifting is a serious problem.

    I’m one white guy who is well aware of when he’s being watched in a shop. It has nothing to do with skin color.

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