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Lecturer who led mascot retirement fight discriminated against white student because of her race, investigation finds

Investigation found evidence of racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation

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American Indian Studies Lecturer Oscar "Ozzie" Monge at an Associated Students vote on a resolution to retire the Aztec mascot and moniker in April 2017. Monge has been outspoken in favor of ending the mascot.

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American Indian Studies Lecturer Oscar "Ozzie" Monge at an Associated Students vote on a resolution to retire the Aztec mascot and moniker in April 2017. Monge has been outspoken in favor of ending the mascot.

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A San Diego State lecturer has been found to have discriminated against and harassed a student because of her race, then retaliated against her when she complained about his conduct, according to an investigation by the California Department of Justice.

The results of the investigation, included in a confidential 51-page report on Dec. 20 and obtained by The Daily Aztec, details a series of conversations and meetings between American Indian Studies Lecturer Oscar “Ozzie” Monge and one of his students, recent graduate Crystal Sudano.

Sudano filed four specific complaints against Monge. The first of which — that Monge discriminated against Sudano on the basis of a disability — was found to not be supported by the evidence. However, the final three — discrimination based on race, racial harassment and retaliation — were.

The six-month investigation was conducted by Supervising Deputy Attorney General Christine Mersten and involved interviews with 14 witnesses, including Monge and Sudano.

Monge has been a prominent voice in favor of retiring the Aztec mascot and moniker. His master’s thesis, “Fail, Montezuma! The last vestiges of an obscured yet stubbornly persistent culture of racism at San Diego State University,”  completed in 2015, resulted in renewed efforts to retire the mascot.

An Associated Students resolution to do so failed in April 2017. However, a similar one passed in the University Senate in November.

Student marching to change the mascot prior to the spring 2017 AS vote. Photo by Andrew Dyer.

Sudano, who is white, told investigators that Monge, who is Chicano and Native American, had indicated an animosity toward white people in several Facebook messages.

The investigation found that Monge sent at least 15 offensive Facebook messages to Sudano — most while she was enrolled in his class — about white people in general, and about other students who were not in his class. These messages led to Sudano withdrawing from his class when he threatened her grade after she challenged his position on the Aztec mascot.

The two were acquainted before they became professor and student.

In 2011, Sudano organized protest rallies and participated in the “Occupy” movement, the report said. Monge introduced himself to Sudano in a Facebook post, and the two sporadically communicated over a period of a few years.

They ran into each other again outside of a professor’s office in spring 2016. During this encounter, Sudano said Monge referred to her T-shirt — which bore a stylized SDSU logo with a spear through it — as “racist.”

She signed up for his class the following semester as a late add, with her first day of class on Feb. 7, 2017.

Immediately before Sudano enrolled in the class, she and Monge had a Facebook interaction in which Monge said his effort to remove the Aztec mascot from SDSU was being hampered by a lack of support from Native American students.

In one message, Monge wrote: “…all you need is 1 Native (American) student to say they love Aztecs and out it goes. I can provide 1000 white students who agree, but they’ll focus on the 1 ignorant native who doesn’t.”

In another, he said he did not have the Native American Student Alliance on his side in the mascot debate, attributing this to “a couple of white students who are members, who apparently have great grandmothers tgat (sic) are Cherokee Princesses (sic).”

A “Cherokee princess” refers to person who appears white but claims to have heritage from Cherokee royalty, despite the fact that the Cherokee tribe does not have royalty.

The Aztec Warrior mascot leads the football team on to the field. Monge has been instrumental in leading the effort to retire the Aztec mascot and moniker. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Sudano messaged Monge suggestions for advancing his cause against the mascot.

They continued corresponding via Facebook messenger over the course of the class.

On Feb. 15, after she was enrolled in Monge’s class, Sudano attended a Native American Student Alliance presentation entitled “Why do you have to make it about race? Because our mascot is an Aztec” as extra credit for the course.

She told investigators that she rode her motorcycle to the event, and wore her hair in braids to keep it from getting tangled in the wind, as well as a neck sleeve up to her ears to keep her warm.

To Monge, it appeared Sudano was wearing a bandana and “rez tails” to the event — and thereby committing cultural appropriation. He told her in a message after the event that he was “glad you chose to remove your bandana and braids.”

Sudano didn’t understand why he was pointing this out, the report said, and when she explained why she was dressed like this, Monge told her that motorcycle culture appropriated from Native Americans.

“You have to stop and think for a moment the context into which you were about to enter and you had a bandana and your hair in rez tails,” he told her. “It may have been an innocent coincidence, but it can be subjected to an entirely different interpretation, within a specific context.”

In a later interaction, he criticized SDSU’s Associated Students for its perceived “whiteness.”

“The AS is something else that confuses me … the way it’s structured, the way it runs And (sic) how damned white it is,” he said.

Sudano defended the role of AS, telling Monge, “The idea is that EVERYONE no matter how low on the totem pole you are, shared governance is what gives the lowest man the right to share his opinion and for that opinion to be heard.”

Monge caught her “totem pole” comment and told her she shouldn’t use the phrase.

“White people get the whole thing wrong, btw,” he wrote. “The lowest part of the totem pole is a place of honor. The most experienced carver does that part.”

The conversation continued, and the report said Monge made “inappropriate comments” about several members of Associated Students who he felt were not supporting his cause, including then-Vice President of University Affairs and current AS President Chimezie Ebiriekwe, then-AS President Jamie Miller and then-Vice President of External Relations Dylan Colliflower.

Neither Ebiriekwe, Miller nor Colliflower would vote in favor of the AS resolution to retire the mascot two months later.

“Jamie has lied to me, btw. And Dylan, he turns red when he sees me,” Monge said in his Facebook message to Sudano. “Chimezie Ebiriekwe, I don’t know, but I’ve been told by other (b)lack students that he’s more of an Uncle Tom (not my words, and like I said, I don’t know him.)”

Ebiriekwe is black. Monge also continued to criticize AS, saying it was composed of “Frat Bros and Sorority Sisters…who do not easily empathize with non-whiteness.”

Sudano defended Ebiriekwe and AS to Monge, the report said, before he criticized her for what he saw as her failure to listen.

“(T)his is precisely the sort of behavior I don’t want you to bring if you meet with the Native Students (sic), to get all “white savior” on them and tell them that they don’t know what they’re doing,” he said.

The Associated Students University Council convenes for its bi-weekly meeting Sept. 27. Photo by Samantha Bonpensiero.

Monge’s choice of words was “the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back,” the report said.

“I’m so mad right now,” Sudano wrote back. “I believe in your cause and believe I can help…I KNOW too how to “work” the system and get stuff done.”

After learning of Monge’s comments about him, Ebiriekwe told The Daily Aztec it was “disheartening to hear a professor speak about a student like that.”

Ebiriekwe said there was nothing unfair about the mascot retirement resolution, which ultimately did not pass. He pointed out that the vote was close — 14-16.

“There was no outnumbering,” he said. “A lot of individuals in there did change their mind to vote in favor of passing a resolution.”

And he said Monge’s comments about the “whiteness” of AS are completely untrue.

“We emphasize that everybody, no matter what race, religion, gender, sexual orientation — we empathize with everybody, so there’s no discrimination going on within Associated Students,” Ebiriekwe said.

In a March 1 email, Monge defended his messages to Sudano. In her reply a day later, she told him she needed to “cool off” and that she “did not wish to become involved in something that generates a feeling of uneasy subordination within me.”

He told her to “let me know when you’d like to chat, or not.”

The report says that Sudano, upset over Monge’s Facebook messages, did not attend his March 2 class and instead began researching claims made in his thesis.

It was when Sudano began challenging Monge’s thesis, the investigation found, he began talking about her grades.

After a Facebook conversation in which Monge told Sudano he heard she was making claims to other people that she was fact-checking him, he pointed out that she had failed to turn in an assignment and missed four classes.

“I think it may be time to sit down with a third party and discuss your class-related issues (attendance, and now this incomplete assignment), and these non-class related that you’re, well, creating,” he said. “I am deeply concerned that you will conflate the two and try to lay blame at my feet.”

When Sudano said “today would be perfect,” ostensibly to meet with a third party, Monge told her “I can’t just snap fingers and make someone appear.”

Monge told her that she made a conscious choice to research his thesis rather than complete her assignment — which she later said she turned in on Blackboard but did not “take” due to an apparent technical error. Monge then blocked her from Facebook.

“Monge retaliated against Sudano…after she complained to (him) about his discriminatory and harassing conduct, and appeared to undermine Monge’s thesis in the mascot resolution debate,” the report says. “Monge told Sudano that her grade would be lowered, ultimately causing her to seek a constructive withdrawal from (his) class.”

The investigation found other students with issues in the class similar to Sudano’s — missed classes and assignments — were not treated the same way.

“Sudano was the only student that Monge threatened with a lower grade, even though there were other students similarly situated to Sudano,” the report said.

Monge’s statements, the report said, “indicate he was angry about her research on the mascot, and upset about her accusation that he called her a racist. With these uppermost on his mind, he took action against her as a student.”

However, Monge did not lower her grade. Sudano met with American Indian Studies Department Chair David Kamper, College of Arts and Letters Assistant Dean Karey Sabol and Monge on March 13, and Monge agreed to accept her missing assignment for full credit and disregard her missed classes.

But Sudano decided to drop the class after she felt Monge was talking about her to other students

At a presentation to the Student Diversity Commission, one student asked Sudano, “Aren’t you just here for the publicity?”

Sudano also said the Native American Student Alliance blocked her from Facebook after she messaged their page repeatedly.

Both of these, she felt, were Monge’s doing, and she put in a request for a withdrawal.

The request was apparently never acted upon by the Office of the Registrar, and Monge gave Sudano a grade of “incomplete.”

The investigation found Monge at fault for Sudano’s decision to withdraw.

“The messages Monge sent to Sudano demonstrate that Monge has an animus against white people,” the report said. “The situation was further exacerbated by Monge’s position of authority over Sudano as her professor. Monge’s inappropriate treatment of Sudano culminated in adverse action. Sudano’s ability to participate in AMIND 435 was substantially impacted because of her relationship with Monge.”

“All in all,” the report said, “Monge uses ‘white’ whenever he wishes to explain someone who has done something wrong, or bad.”

In an essay to the investigator, Monge wrote: “It is quite easy to argue that ‘whiteness’ is synonymous with evil.”

Monge had 14 days after the release of the investigation report — or until Jan. 3, 2018 — to appeal the decision to the CSU Office of the Chancellor. Monge is working with the California Faculty Association and an appeal is likely, but he declined to go on the record with The Daily Aztec.

Under the conditions of CSU Executive Order 1097, which outlines the complaint process, individuals involved in a complaint are not permitted to speak to outside parties.

If the decision were appealed, the Office of the Chancellor would have 60 days to respond to Monge with a final decision. If evidence is presented that was not introduced during the initial investigation, the complaint may be re-investigated. If not, the Office of the Chancellor decision is final, and at that point, Monge’s options within the complaint system would be exhausted. He would, however, still have the option of taking action within the faculty union.

SDSU spokesperson Jill Esterbrooks released the following statement regarding the complaint against Monge:

“San Diego State University is committed to creating a learning environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. The university prohibits discriminatory behavior and harassment of any kind on campus, and takes allegations of misconduct by any member of the campus community very seriously. The university responds to all reports of alleged violations by members of the campus community, and takes appropriate action to prevent, investigate, correct or discipline such conduct. San Diego State University does not discuss pending matters due to privacy rights of all parties involved and to protect the integrity of the review process.”

EDIT: A previous version of this story stated the report was 53 pages long. It has been corrected to 51.

 

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40 Responses to “Lecturer who led mascot retirement fight discriminated against white student because of her race, investigation finds”

  1. Monique on January 4th, 2018 3:24 pm

    So when is this racist getting fired by the university?

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    Citizen Mom Reply:

    This Professor has, throughout the entire years of communicating, and interaction with this young Lady been nothing but a mean spirited, racist, bully, unkind person and I would not want this Man as an educator in any higher educational or freelance type where he has the chance to spue his hatred to young people. None of us can help the color of the skin we are born into, but we can embrace our friends and neighbors and learn to love their cultures as many of us do just that. Its easy to see the beauty of the Native Americans.Its awesome to love the foods of different cultures. And I personally enjoy the music and languages of places that is not of my heritage, so I would not take the biggest heavyweight I could find and go discourage someone physically from enjoying Italian wine, food and culture just because that is MY FamLIES Heritage and not yours… that would be ignorant and childish of me. That is the way this so called “professor” presents himself.He is a poor example of an educator and an ineffective representative of his people.

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  2. Robert I on January 4th, 2018 3:41 pm

    Good bye Instructor. Sllep in the bed you made.

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  3. Olympia Beltran on January 4th, 2018 4:19 pm

    A lone disgruntled student makes claims of discrimination, and all of a sudden the instructor is deemed unequivocally racist and should be fired? Is she the only white student in the class? Or just the only one who wanted full credit for her late assignments? Due diligence, folks.

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    Jim Marshall Reply:

    Right. He can’t possibly be a “racist”. He’s not white. SMH

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    Daniel Morton Reply:

    What are you talking about? It was a 6 month investigation and a 51 page report. It doesnt get more due dilligent than that.

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    John Smith Reply:

    Olympia, did you even read the article?
    “”All in all,” the report said, “Monge uses ‘white’ whenever he wishes to explain someone who has done something wrong, or bad.”
    In an essay to the investigator, Monge wrote: “It is quite easy to argue that ‘whiteness’ is synonymous with evil.””

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    Tim Reply:

    He used the word ‘white’ as an insult, just as Olympia did above.

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    SmarterChimp Reply:

    TMTR?

    “The six-month investigation was conducted by Supervising Deputy Attorney General Christine Mersten and involved interviews with 14 witnesses, including Monge and Sudano.”

    “The investigation found that Monge sent at least 15 offensive Facebook messages to Sudano — most while she was enrolled in his class — about white people in general, and about other students who were not in his class.”

    The investigation found other students with issues in the class similar to Sudano’s — missed classes and assignments — were not treated the same way.

    “Sudano was the only student that Monge threatened with a lower grade, even though there were other students similarly situated to Sudano,” the report said.

    ‘In one message, Monge wrote: “…all you need is 1 Native (American) student to say they love Aztecs and out it goes. I can provide 1000 white students who agree, but they’ll focus on the 1 ignorant native who doesn’t.”

    The investigation found Monge at fault for Sudano’s decision to withdraw.

    “The messages Monge sent to Sudano demonstrate that Monge has an animus against white people,” the report said. “The situation was further exacerbated by Monge’s position of authority over Sudano as her professor.

    Monge’s inappropriate treatment of Sudano culminated in adverse action. Sudano’s ability to participate in AMIND 435 was substantially impacted because of her relationship with Monge.”

    “All in all,” the report said, “Monge uses ‘white’ whenever he wishes to explain someone who has done something wrong, or bad.”

    In an essay to the investigator, Monge wrote: “It is quite easy to argue that ‘whiteness’ is synonymous with evil.”

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    melissa Reply:

    Given a 6-month investigation found there was bias on the part of the instructor, your comment comes across as character assassination. Due diligence complete.

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    D Shaw Reply:

    I don’t know about “fired”. An enlightenment can always be hoped for.
    But, yes he is a racist and should at least be asked to do some sensitivity training. :-}
    Your eager assumption that this student was lax in her work is also prejudice.
    Perhaps she was the only student with enough intestinal fortitude to confront Mr. Monge about his aggressive, threatening behavior.
    Has it ever occurred to any of you that the use of such a mascot is not intended to be demeaning in any way. Quite the opposite. It is a celebration and admiration of that culture. Should institutions like this just ignore the history of native American cultures as if they never existed and have no value?
    Shame on all of you for your aggressive bigotry.

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    A.J. Winter Reply:

    Your tempered and reasoned response to Olympia Beltran serves as a appropriate reminder to all of us to be thoughtful and judicious in our own assumptions. She is indeed an “Agressive bigot.” Bravo.

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    Karl Reply:

    Why do I get the feeling that if this was an individual black or brown student making the complaint, you would be a lot more receptive?

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    JohnnyBeGoode Reply:

    She’s a liberal. Feels before reals! Everything is identity politics with them. Facts? We don’t need no stinkin’ facts!

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    Jacob C Reply:

    Due diligence is a 6 month investigation and a 51 page report. “Sudano was the only student that Monge threatened with a lower grade, even though there were other students similarly situated to Sudano.” Did you even read the article?

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    Daniel Reply:

    Olympia, Good to know you are willing to ignore the facts laid out in the article in an attempt to encourage racism against white people. Give yourself a pat on the back. You are racist.

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    Brandon Hammilton Reply:

    The guy literally equated whiteness with evil. You are making excuses for racism.

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    Joe Reply:

    The quotes from the alleged professor are enough due diligence. If this was a white professor that said these things about another race you would be out there protesting with the other SJWs. There is no excuse for his racist comments and he should be fired immediately. No more double standards.

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    J Thomas Reply:

    “All in all,” the report said, “Monge uses ‘white’ whenever he wishes to explain someone who has done something wrong, or bad.”

    In an essay to the investigator, Monge wrote: “It is quite easy to argue that ‘whiteness’ is synonymous with evil.”

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    Julie Reply:

    Aztecs as a sports name should have never existed in the first place and this is an example of why. Attack Natives for trying to right a wrong to protect institutional racism. We’ve been bullied on this front for too long. Change the mascot!!

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    Patricia Thompson Reply:

    Monge wrote: “It is quite easy to argue that ‘whiteness’ is synonymous with evil.” A professor is a position of power. Using that position to harass a student of a different race is the very definition of racism. If one complaint is not enough to deem this an issue, how many are?

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    Greg Grider( SDSU Alumnus) Reply:

    “…Monge told her that motorcycle culture appropriated from Native Americans.”

    Because, yanno, Native American INVENTED Motorcycles..

    What a Mucking Foron!!

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    Christopher Shea Reply:

    It’s not just the word of one. An investigation by the Attorney General’s office involved over interviews with at least 15 witnesses. The professor’s Facebook messages to the student were pretty damning evidence on it’s own.

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  4. Manuel Lopez on January 5th, 2018 1:15 am

    I’m glad this racist is getting caught. As a Mexican with indigenous roots from my moms side, it baffles me that people of color don’t understand that insulting someone for their race, even white, is still racist. I had a literature 220 professor, who was less racist than this person but still tried to shove his nonsense into us with extra credit events that would basically bash white people. These professors need to grow up and I know there are a lot more out there than just this one guy.

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  5. SmarterChimp on January 5th, 2018 5:02 am

    Strange how people who are totally preoccupied with race fail to understand they are racist

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  6. john payne on January 5th, 2018 5:46 am

    I have always found it amazing that Indian does not have a lot more animosity towards it’s still existing conquerors. Even the slaves have held more equality since the 3/5 ths compromise .
    (The Three-Fifths Compromise is found in Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 of the United States Constitution, ) Giving five slaves 3 votes. ……….Indian received the right to vote in 1924… However it took until 1964 before all the states complied. To understand our descendants , is to understand we all have gained from the resources that either we took,robbed, or cheated from Indian , or they were just savages anyway remember ? That is why it was important to slaughter 20 million buffalo so that we , to this day continue to profit off Indian backs. And for the rest of the America’s the people are a majority Indian not Spanish . Only in the USA was genocide purposefully committed . As to the lecturer , he tires of seeing privileged people and their attitude of privilege, and should take a minimum 6 week vacation .

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    Greg Grider( SDSU Alumnus) Reply:

    DEAR GOD!!
    WHAT are they TEACHING you at SDSU??

    You are STILL buying that myth about the 3/5 compromise?

    1) Five slaves were NOT given 3 votes; they did not get ANY votes. The Southern delegates at the Constitutional convention of 1787 wanted ALL of the slaves counted in the Census , in order to give the Southern State more members in the House of Representatives.
    Nearly all of the Northern delegates wanted the slaves to be counted in the Census NOT AT ALL, as they were, according to the Laws of that time, chattel property and, thus, unable to vote.
    2) The 3/5 Compromise was put forward by two Northern delegates; one from (surprise!) Pennsylvania and the other from Connecticut! It was the best deal the Northerners could get that would keep the nascent Union together. DO YOUR RESEARCH!

    3) “Only in the USA was genocide purposefully committed .”
    I am sure the Jews and the Armenians will be delighted to hear this.

    4) I don’t blame YOU; you obviously can’t help yourself. But I do want to press charges of Wilful Negligence and Depraved Indifference against whoever it was that LET YOU OUT !

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    Tony Reply:

    “still existing conquerors”…what white person is alive today that participated in the Indian wars of the 1800’s?

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  7. Toast on January 5th, 2018 11:52 am

    SDSU should change it’s mascot to “The Conquistadors”.

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    Greg Grider( SDSU Alumnus) Reply:

    I have always been rather fond of “Blue-Eyed Devil”, myself 😉

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  8. JohnnyBeGoode on January 5th, 2018 12:47 pm

    Five years ago, this guy would never have even been reprimanded. He is a minority and she is white ergo he is always right about anything race related according to many liberals. Glad to see the political winds finally shifting back toward the middle. Even white genocide guy (a liberal white of course who was trying to be hip and edgy and show how cool he is by bashing all whites) finally got fired though not until this past year and many more racist tweets.

    Take heed racist liberals! You’ve been dividing this country for the last 10 years with your PC identity politics, and people are tired of it. You have fomented a hatred and division between races unseen since the ’60’s. No more power (or votes!) for you until you shape up and treat EVERYONE equally (including white people, gasp) and you WILL be brought down from your high places if you persist in your hateful nonsense.

    Maybe try focusing on what people have in common instead of emphasizing the differences as you have been and stop encouraging people to let a single facet of their identity define their entire humanity.

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  9. craig nelson on January 6th, 2018 8:39 am

    If you replace Monge’s racist statements with any color other than white, he would have been thrown off campus a long time ago. We will see if SDSU/CSU does anything other than a slap on the wrist and sensitivity training while he keeps his pension.
    I wonder if he feels guilt for his “Indian Privilege”?

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  10. Abe on January 6th, 2018 7:41 pm

    Oscar appropriated his name from white folks. Not sure what a proper Aztec last name is, but I’m thinking “Monge” was appropriated from the Spanish.

    As for the pants his wearing (Chinese), the button shirt he’s wearing (Germans) and bifocals (Ben Franklin). Man, seems that Oscar is a racist AND a serial cultural appropriator!

    Monge and his little band of enablers should be chased off campus. Remember clowns like this when people start squeaking for “Free College”.

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  11. Ted W Bishop on January 7th, 2018 9:41 am

    Humankind can be called evil. Not belittling the atrocity done to the American Indian, but tribes did terrible things to other warring tribes also. They enslaved each other; some skinned the opposing side and used them for leather of their shelters. Europeans may seem more evil, due to the industrial age.

    Lecturer Oscar “Ozzie” Monge is not who I want representing our University. Let alone telling us what appropriate image of our mascot is. Reverse discrimination is not acceptable and still is prejudice.

    Good reporting,

    Ted W Bishop, 2002

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  12. Ryan on January 7th, 2018 12:22 pm

    Ok, putting aside the problematic concept of reverse racism, are we just going to ignore the fact he used a derogatory epithet to describe one of the most prominent African American student leaders on campus? No matter your position on the mascot issue, making antagonistic comments towards individual students is behavior unbecoming for any academic professional. He should apologize.

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  13. Mark in LA on January 7th, 2018 7:13 pm

    It should come as no surprise, since the SDSU and CSU administration has created a hostile environment for white California residents, either by intent or accident. I will be very interested to see if this is pursued with the same vigor that use of the N-word might have been in classes. Doubtful, but it will be very, very telling of the administration’s intent.

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  14. Eric on January 8th, 2018 12:00 pm

    Hatred against whites has been ramping up for the last 150 years. It comes from the White community itself. Read D. H. Lawrence’s review of Moby Dick in his Studies in Classic American Literature. He makes a compelling case that Moby Dick represents white spirit or culture, pursued with homicidal fervor by a multicultural ship. The leader, Captain Ahab, represents the Old Testament contingents, including the anglo-Puritans. Note that all the whale harpooners or executioners are native peoples, such as Queequeg the south sea islander. The final outcome is that Moby Dick rams the ship which goes down with all hands. Lawrence was amazed that Melville clearly understood the dynamic back in the 1830s.

    I find people like Monge to be narrow and quite stupid, despite their academic credentials. He lives a life of ease in a white world, a blatant example of cultural appropriation. He has not the least amount of gratitude. Instead he would love nothing better than to drive his harpoon deep into the heart of white society, delivering the fatal wound. The same can be said for most academics these days, and the majority of their students.

    I’m afraid we’re headed for a ‘Pequod moment’. All signs point to it. The white haters smell blood in the water and like Ahab they will never stop. Like piranha they circle the giant creature, ripping off small chunks of flesh. As awareness of its imminent demise gradually arises, the whale will finally strike back, quite likely resulting in total destruction of modern multicultural society as we know it. Only the whale will survive.

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  15. Harold Wyrick on January 8th, 2018 4:40 pm

    This is a problem with identity politics groups. Only the self-aggrandizing loud mouths get the press. And if every group isn’t careful, one or two misfits in one group will take it upon themselves to speak for every member of every related group on the planet.

    Nowhere that I can see is Monge’s tribal bona fides spelled out. Is this guy claiming to be of Azrec descent? If he’s saying that, it needs to verified. Otherwise, he has about as much say so on something Aztec as I do, or any member of any American Indian tribe, or someone of Irish or Greek descent, or any human on Earth for that matter.

    Hey Monge, keep your opinions in your own yard. You don’t speak for every member of every tribe, or every generation of every tribe. If you think you do, you’re welcome to come explain it to us. We are on the MSBCI reservation in Bogue Chitto. Look forward to seeing you.

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  16. John on January 10th, 2018 7:51 am

    Why is having an Aztec mascot racist? More so why is it derogatory to promote Native cultures? The fact people are using that tidbit of information to defend the guy is mind boggling. Who is he to say a student is right or wrong, especially when they are opposing his position on a subject? Then continue to chastise her for her race? Sounds like he was trying to make a name for himself through identity politics. Cultural appropriation is a hoax. He culturally appropriated the English language, european clothing and ideology (marxism). Seems a bit hypocritical, acting like a modern day sitting bull. And taking out his rage on the white cowboys. Only thing is the old co. custers have long passed. Yes indigenous americans ( there are no natives in america seeing as They migrated here themselves from asia) have had a bad deal, but taking it out on whites in this day and age is rediculous. What a quagmire, if i was this professor I would be embarrassed. I hope the university sends him packing with a yellow stripe down his back. I hope the student learned a thing or two about “progressivism” as well.

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  17. Current Student on January 24th, 2018 12:52 pm

    It is incredibly embarrassing to be a student among you bigots and racists. God, why didn’t I finish at Cal? Why!!!!÷_2[×<÷269110+07!!!!!!!!

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