Although "WE DON'T FUCKING EAT SNAKES!" sums it up pretty nicely, I think. ETA: here it is! Thanks, _fx (whose journal you should all be reading.)
It escalated into what seems to have become a horrific spiral of racefail: students using racist symbology all over campus, including hanging a noose in an on-campus library, and using the n-word to describe student protestors on a campus radio show. In response, minority students walked out of a teach-in in protest of the university's attempts to deal with the situation, and the community has been scrambling ever since to deal with the fallout. It's my understanding that UCSD had a very small minority population to begin with, and recent events have brought to the surface a number of deep-seeded issues and underlying racism, as well as sexism and other issues of minority discrimination.
StopRacismUCSD has been documenting the events and urging action.
I am reading The Iliad, and there is this one passage that I can't stop thinking about.
- Book 12
They rushed to obey him,
Some swarming over the top at once, others streaming in
through the sturdy gateways -- Argives scattering back in terror,
back by the hollow hulls, the uproar rising, no way out, no end --
But once Zeus had driven Hector and Hector's Trojans
hard against the ships, he left both armies there,
milling among the hulls to bear the brunt
and wrenching work of war -- no end in sight --
While Zeus himself, his shining eyes turned north,
gazed a world away to the land of Thracian horsemen,
the Mysian fighters hand-to-hand and the lordly Hippemolgi
who drink the milk of mares, and the Abii, most decent men alive.
But not a moment more would he turn his shining eyes to Troy.
lately i've been feeling that i am doing exactly nothing with my life. And by "nothing," I mean: nothing that's a betterment, either of myself or the world around me.
I think I need to break clean away and start over.
what should i devote most of my time/energy to? how do you think I could be my best self and make a difference to the world? :|