The individuals doing [sic] the chalking are just a small # of radicals at this university. Not that there [sic] views don't matter (in the) school, but they are a group of 10-20 at a school of 25,000. They want to evoke emotion. Don't (underline) give them the power & thrill to (thrive). (drawings of three hearts)
In this current political era, I see and feel more hatred than every before. Although I have not been personally attacked, I have seen many peers attacked for their political views as well as race. Racism at UCSD is alive and must be addressed by the university.
I would want future students to understand that their activism is important. Generally conversations about these topics have lead [sic] to more understanding, support, and kindness for (me) & each opinion matters. With our current political climate, there's a lot of outrage, disbelief, and confusion abotu how to handle it: as long as you do or say something, it has an impact
In this current political era, Trump and other politicians have targeted marginilized [sic] groups that me and my friends are a part of. I talk about these issues with my friends and provide and recieve [sic] support.
We're in a climate where discussion is reduced to personal attacks & sometimes violence. This deters groups with real issues from speaking up, & stagnates progress. Future students should be more open to discourse & criticisms of the status quo
This campus is a mix of active and apathetic. Many are involved, their protests & responses are documented & history will remember them, but there are many who did not act & they will hold no accountability for their actions - except before God himself
I feel like there is a lot of fake activism. People are generally apathetic and don't actually think critically about actual change. Also, I don't feel secure on campus because of the racist activities that have happened. - Chicano
I've heard a lot from staff about how the literature department is doing what they can to hurt the spanish department (&) get rid of it. Once in my spanish class, a lady from the department walked in to my class. She interrupted, did a head count, and stated we couldn't have more chairs.... More examples........
It is incredibly disheartening to witness the election of such a misogynistic, racist, & intolerant leader. I can only hope this does not reflect the beliefs & values of our country. I beleive [sic] this period of disgrace can be overcome by love & acceptance
As a person of color, this political era has been challenging. To be specific, I am Hispanic. For someone to say hurtful stereotypes about my culture hurts; however I think this is important because it shows us, as a society, that we are not post-racial country; we actually have a lot of work to do as a society
I believe Jesus is crying with those who are in anguish, listening to those who are not heard, longing for healing and wholeness in deepest parts of our hearts, and fighting in the frontline for justice, peace, and mercy.
I don't feel much discrimination, but politics will always have an (inn) on some kind of discrimination/inequality for monetary benefits. There will always be one way in which, legally, discrimination will be allowed through loopholes, as a school, we must never give up our stand on freedom & equality, & fight for what is right through protests, chalk writings & anything else.
Reading the news every day is a new, unbelievable adventure. This political era is borderline unbelievable. *We all got in to this school and we all belong here and everyone deserves to feel like they are welcomed & we as a whole need to work on that
Right now, I am terrified of the current political climate because of the growth of racism heralded by Trump's Electoral College victory and because of the draconic reforms Pence might put in place if Trump's impeached. Defiance through marches & art & all kinds of protest is necessary at this point to help defend my rights. I will not back down, I will not shut up, and I will certainly never give in.
I told my friends 4 years isn't a long time, we'll survive, he'll probably get impeached but goddamn. Trump is just...he pisses me off. And the rest of the world? It's like waiting for the next bad thing and you know it's probably going to come tomorrow. All we can do is wait
Although the events of the current political era have not yet directly affected me, it is horrifying and sobering to hear about what is going on in a society that is supposed to be moving forward. I feel like as a society, we are taking several steps back. It's important to know what is going on and I feel like classes such as this one and presentations like this are critical to our understanding.
Helpless. But hopeful. I feel like I can't change the current political climate. This isn't where I want our society to be. But I'm hopeful. I'm hopeful that some of use are human enough to care enough to look out for others, to do something about the environment, and continue to fight for our rights.
I think in the current time period we're in, the adversities and difficulties of minorities are becoming increasingly known and people are made aware of them. However, I think it's important to recognize adversity and prejudice for all racial groups. As a white female on teh UCSD comapus I have had judgements and remarks made at me just because I am white and I have felt singled out and uncomfortable
As a transfer student from UC Santa Barbara, it is sad & pathetic to be at UCSD where the students are so divided. The 6/7/8 college system seperates [sic] people, the departments seperate [sic] people, & the commuting lifestyle seperate [sic] people. Little unity = Little progress
It is awful!!! Why invite Dalai Lama (CA) Chinese political enemy to graduation speech when there is thousands of Chinese international student study here at UCSD??? What is the thoughts of leader of UCSD making this stupid decision? Is it purposeful? Secondly. Trump said what he said. What's wrong with quoting him on the pavement?
The current political era is making me care more about politics and how it is affecting our daily lives. This political era spread more hate than love, more exclusion than inclusion, more reversed than forward.
Dear Future Student, Be mindful of your humble beginnings, but be cautious of politics/social tensions within the UCSD climate. Your voices are important and your opinions are worthy of being voiced. Remember that a voice is powerful, but VOICES ARE REVOLUTIONARY!
I feel like political tensions between different groups are very high. Before attending college, politics was never really on my mind, but I've realized that ignoring what President Trump is doing is the same things as accepting that racism is okay. I participated in the Trump protest and my greatest hope is that everyone can feel safe on campus because that is a right, not a priveledge [sic].
I'm in this weird state of wanting to fight for equality or really help promote change on campus, but I feel like it would be to help those who are not as secue. I think I have thick skin so many things do not affect me as much. For example, I'm Latino but the Trump chalkings represented maybe a couple peoples' opinion but I know the opposition is greater. Also, my main focus of being here is to get an education in sciences. I'd hate to say I'm apathetic but that seems to be the reality.
The latinx + Chicanx community has continually been silenced, our history in America continuously erased. Where were my people in the segragaion [sic] era? The civil rights movements. We have been here since before the Spanish empire conquered us, and even in 2017, I feel my presence in UCSD muffled. - your local Chicana
The political era at the moment makes me feel apprehensive. However, being on campus has given me a glimpse at the good & unwelcoming people. It makes me feel warmth when I know there are people that will speak out and act on the actions from students being unwelcoming.
It's hard to live knowing that my parents or myself could be seen as lower-class or not worthy just because we're Asian. My parents are immigrants and many people look down on them for not knowing the language.
I know many people, bright people from my country that dream of being able to finish college in US, but there is just no way for them to afford it. No scholerships [sic] neither from our country nor from US and tuition for a year at UCSD often surpasses their parent's earnings by 8 times.
UCSD is historically a predominantly white institution. But now, when you think Asian, you think chinese, japanese, korean. Yet there are dozens & dozens of ethnicities in Asia. The term Asian American fails to recognize those that aren't widely represented. I'm not Asian American, I'm Filipino.
You'll feel scared. lost. confused. it'll all feel unreal. You'll see (theories) of your readings manifest themselves in your real life. the political era has flooded our media & we are the generation of ultimate media consumption! be aware that your efforts will be aimed at being concealed. it is too prevalent not too care anymore. humanity (underlined) depends on it. FDT!!!
On Thursday, May 25, 2017, members of the Tell Us How UC It: A Living Archive project gave a presentation to the Spring 2017 ANTH21: Race & Racism course about the project with regards to race & racism.
In thinking about representing student perspectives and how many stories go untold, the final activity of the presentation was a prompt for the students to write on a post-it note their responses to the question "What would you want future students to know about how you are experiencing this current political era?"