By:  LINDSEY O'NEILL, ESQ.

The recent news about the UCSD off-campus, "ghetto-themed" party, the "Compton Cookout," has spurred a lot of comments from people.  A read of some of the comments shows that there is certainly a lack of consensus or understanding about what is racially discriminatory.  San Diego's 10News.com posted a copy of the party invitation that was originally distributed through Facebook - copied below for your reference:

"Invitation To The "Compton Cook Out," As Posted On Facebook:

"February marks a very important month in American society. No, i'm not referring to Valentines day or Presidents day. I'm talking about Black History month. As a time to celebrate and in hopes of showing respect, the Regents community cordially invites you to its very first Compton Cookout.

For guys: I expect all males to be rockin Jersey's, stuntin' up in ya White T (XXXL smallest size acceptable), anything FUBU, Ecko, Rockawear, High/low top Jordans or Dunks, Chains, Jorts, stunner shades, 59 50 hats, Tats, etc.

For girls: For those of you who are unfamiliar with ghetto chicks-Ghetto chicks usually have gold teeth, start fights and drama, and wear cheap clothes - they consider Baby Phat to be high class and expensive couture. They also have short, nappy hair, and usually wear cheap weave, usually in bad colors, such as purple or bright red. They look and act similar to Shenaynay, and speak very loudly, while rolling their neck, and waving their finger in your face. Ghetto chicks have a very limited vocabulary, and attempt to make up for it, by forming new words, such as "constipulated", or simply cursing persistently, or using other types of vulgarities, and making noises, such as "hmmg!", or smacking their lips, and making other angry noises,grunts, and faces. The objective is for all you lovely ladies to look, act, and essentially take on these "respectable" qualities throughout the day.

Several of the regents condos will be teaming up to house this monstrosity, so travel house to house and experience the various elements of life in the ghetto.

We will be serving 40's, Kegs of Natty, dat Purple Drank- which consists of sugar, water, and the color purple , chicken, coolade, and of course Watermelon. So come one and come all, make ya self before we break ya self, keep strapped, get yo shine on, and join us for a day party to be remembered- or not. "

Check out some of the news articles about this party.... read the viewer comments..... and let us know what you think.

Los Angeles Times article, by Larry Gordon, 2/18/10: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ucsd18-2010feb18,0,5698009.story

San Diego 10 News.com, 2/17/10: http://www.10news.com/news/22588063/detail.html#invitation

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