We’ve all heard about the racial problems at UC San Diego. You may have even seen the protest on Sproul. And recently the UC regents met with chancellors of various campuses and a special adviser to discuss how to take care of the system’s intolerance problems.

It wasn’t just San Diego, by the way, before you start blaming SoCal. According to the article there was also “anti-gay graffiti and swastikas at Davis and disruption by protesters at a talk read more »

3009316744_acdc03aa88Back in the 1940s, Berkeley discovered the technology to create the first atomic bomb, and recently two UC Berkeley professors have dropped a bomb of their own: The color of Obama’s skin did not affect the (perceived) content of his character.

You mean people didn’t just vote for Obama because he’s the “first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” as VP Joe Biden suggested? Afraid not, kids. read more »

We all get butterflies in our tummies when we meet new people, but according to a study by UC Berkeley researchers, being less racist might help you become less socially awkward. Well, kind of.

The study found that if you mingle with people who aren’t of the same race as you a few times, you’re that much less likely to internally freak out the next time you encounter strangers. It’s also likely that your next group of friends will more closely resemble a United Colors of Benetton ad. read more »

That’s quite a headline, eh? It’s even better as the title of the Summer Issue of Greater Good Magazine, in which some of academia’s great scientists explore the subject of racism and ways to overcome it. UC Berkeley professors Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton and Jennifer A. Chatman make appearances in the issue, discussing achievement gaps and workplace prejudice, respectively. Mendoza-Denton even provides a nostalgic visual of the DNA structure in front of the Lawrence Hall of Science.

So, are we born racist? The answer involves hard looks at neural responses in the amygdala, our emotional center. But considering Greater Good is published right here at Cal and aspires to highlight “ground breaking scientific research into the roots of compassion and altruism,” we assume the answer, if “yes,” is still quite hopeful.

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Greater Good Magazine – Summer 2008 [Greater Good]

800px-yes_it_does.jpg Since many of you readers are hugely excited about the Mar. 3-8 “Reclaiming the Space” Week–during which down folks will “fuck shit up,” according to the Facebook invitation–we at the Clog decided to do a whole post dedicated to a subject quite dear to our, and presumably your, hearts.

Let’s talk about diversity! So, other than reclaiming the Multicultural Center, here are a few more recent items that have Berkeley bubbling about race issues:

UC Berkeley now has a $5 million Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion that will help study ways to make people feel more equal and included. We personally believe that feeling included comes partially from the attitude of the “exclusive” group, partially from within yourself and partially from multi-culturally colored sofas in Heller Lounge. [Daily Cal]

Did you hear about Allen Jackson, the President of the NAACP Berkeley Chapter who claimed that all Berkeley police officers were out to kill as many black people as they can? His remarks came after Berkeley resident Anita Gay was shot by an officer two weeks ago. Apparently, the NAACP itself does not condone the President's remarks. Oh, overzealous activists--see, Code Pink? Look what you started. [Mercury News]

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