Tuesday, February 23, 2010

University halts funding after student TV show mocks blacks

"The University of California, San Diego has halted funding for student media after a TV segment ridiculed black students outraged by a party mocking Black History Month," reports the Associated Press. "The head of the school's student government froze funding for print media outlets last week after one, The Koala, ran a student TV episode calling black students ungrateful and using a derogatory term for blacks. He also pulled the student-run television station off the air. Tensions were running high before the TV program aired Thursday. Only about 2 percent of the school's 29,000 students are black, a historically low number that the Black Student Union highlighted last week when it presented a series of demands to administrators that aim to improve the racial climate." READ MORE