Wednesday, November 13


Letters to the editorCivil faux pas


Mahtab Darvish’s letter ("Jailbird president," Oct. 16)

criticized York Chang. Darvish apparently believes that Chang is
unfit to

be USAC president because he was arrested due to his efforts to

affirmative action.

I wonder if Darvish feels the same way about another president -

African President Nelson Mandela? Mandela was imprisoned for 27

because of his resistance to racism and apartheid. His
presidency now

represents the beginnings of democracy in a land that formerly
wallowed in


But by Darvish’s logic, Mandela should have had the "civility"
to go

along with apartheid. His grassroots efforts to raise

awareness of apartheid were "ridiculous." And, his willingness
to go to

jail for his cause "tarnished" his reputation.

Instead of launching personal attacks on Chang, we should
appreciate his

commitment to justice. He should be commended for using student

to promote access to education rather than his own career

His efforts also help combat the divisive stereotype of Asian

as a "model minority" who are so hard-working and successful
they have no

interest in civil rights or political activism.Scott

Graduate Student

HistoryServe up the civility


Mahtab Darvish, last year’s candidate for external vice

criticized York Chang and the other Students First! candidates
for last

week’s pro-affirmative action rally. She states that it’s an

to the campus for the USAC president to be arrested for his
involvement in

this fight for justice.

I’m sure people across the state and country (including our

regents) watching us on all the major networks were just
laughing their

heads off at UCLA, the school with the "jailbird president." I’m

nobody realized that the 3,000 marchers were supporting
something important

like affirmative action.

Troublemakers like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Manong
Vera Cruz,

Abbie Hoffman, Rosa Parks, all of the Chicago Seven and even our

fathers" were just being silly challenging the status quo. "All
laws are

all good, and no one should disagree with any law," says Aaron

dripping with sarcasm. Do you agree with that? Or do you realize

sometimes rules have to be broken?

You say militancy is not the answer. What, pray tell, is your

to re-establishing affirmative action, stopping reg. fee hikes
and gaining

student power? (Assuming, of course, you care.) I’d love to hear
it; it’ll

make me feel so absurd for supporting those activist folks. It’s

simple – if we don’t stand up for ourselves, who will?

Oh, just one more thing burns me. You said, "Let us grow up and

business like every other successful person does – with
civility, integrity

and intelligence." Mahtab, you go ahead and civility us some
lower fees and

equal access.Joey Gil


Microbiology and

Molecular Genetics

With much help from

Aaron Ulrich

Transfer Student


Double standard


I’d like to turn the tables on Aaron Howard ("Simpson verdict
turns back

tide of American judicial racism," Oct. 13) and ask him, "If
O.J. were

white, would you still celebrate his acquittal? If the same
evidence had

been in existence, but the race of the defendant and victims
were reversed,

would you still have felt vindicated? In your eyes, would it
still be


Howard is fooling himself if he thinks the Simpson verdict was

solely upon lack of sound evidence. After he passionately
described the

past 300 years of persecution and racism against African
Americans, how

could he be naive enough to think that the members of the
Simpson jury

ignored that history, especially after Johnnie Cochran’s

closing statements?

If the jury had considered the evidence thoroughly, rationally

without racism, it would have deliberated for more than a
half-day. Nine

months of documentation could not have been pored through over a
long lunch


After the verdict was announced, the Los Angeles Times ran an

that quoted an African American man as saying he didn’t care

Simpson was guilty or not. He believed Simpson deserved to be

simply because he was black.

Unfortunately, this is not a unique opinion. What scares me, Mr.

is not that African Americans are in positions of power, but
that anyone

who holds beliefs such as this man’s may one day be deciding my

For many people, justice was served with the Simpson verdict.
But it

wasn’t justice for two murder victims or for their killer. It
was justice,

however twisted, for 300 years of discrimination and
mistreatment toward

African Americans.

Guilty or innocent, O.J. Simpson has become a bizarre symbol of

for slavery and black oppression.Elaine Howell

The Anderson School at UCLA

Team building


I would like to inform Aaron Howard, ("Simpson verdict turns
back tide

of American judicial racism," Oct. 13) and anyone in the black
community or

any community, that there are many viewpoints amongst whites -
just as in

any group of people – and many whites agreed with the jury’s
acquittal of


The Rodney King verdict was an outrage and resulted in

protests. I, a white male, attended rallies immediately
afterward. I was

outraged at the LAPDand their history of brutality. I am sorry
if Howard

did not notice our presence, but we were there.

The Simpson verdict is another complex dilemma. Certainly, it

exposed racial tensions. Certainly, racist whites wanted to
lynch Simpson

before they heard any evidence. Many whites, however, never saw
Simpson as

a black man. They just saw someone accused of murder and
believed the

prosecution’s case.

I am not blind to institutionalized racism and the injustices
that have

been thrown upon blacks, but linking all whites together is also
unfair and

inaccurate. As I have been on the side of many liberal causes
throughout my

life, trying to build bridges, to learn from all human beings, I

consistently faced struggles in being accepted by some
individuals of

color. These few that stereotype whites must evaluate this

Building bridges is a team project, and we all have work to

L’shana tovah. To a year of peace.Jason Seymour


Political Science/English

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