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Charles Gilford III, a junior at the
University of Colorado at Boulder, speaks to the
crowd during a rally in response to Max Karson's
column Feb. 28 at the University Memorial Center
CU-Boulder students rally against
Speakers condemn Karson's piece, urge students to stand
AsiaXpress.com staff reports
Feb. 28, 2008
BOULDER – Students and community members gathered
to denounce Max Karson’s column as well as all hate
speech during a rally held Feb. 28 at the University Memorial
Center south terrace on the CU-Boulder campus.
Approximately 250 people, many clad in red while others
held signs, turned out for the event. Andy Nguyen, a junior
at CU-Boulder, said that the rally was to show administrators
that minority students have a voice.
“All these demographics go through this every single
year,” Nguyen said, “and nothing gets fixed.”
Student Union Diversity Director John Ali Sharza agreed.
“It seems like every spring or every fall, there’s
some kind of incident that goes on campus,” he said.
“Whether it be racial or homophobic, toward women
– there’s something every year.”
Karson was in attendance along with several editors from
The Campus Press, but they kept their distance from the
crowd. Karson declined to give any comment.
Sharza said that Karson’s piece, along with another
piece titled, “No hablo ingles,” were blatantly
“That s--- was not satire, by all means,”
Sharza said. “That was a form of hate speech that
marginalizes a community who they thought would not be
as responsive as we had been together with other marginalized
UCSU Tri-Executive Charles Gilford III urged the students
to stand united, and said that freedom of speech comes
with the responsibility that it doesn’t infringe
on other people’s freedoms.
“I think we can all attest that his (Karson’s)
satire skills need to be worked on,” said Gilford,
a junior. “ … You (Karson) have no right to
attack a member of our family.”
Amie Ha, a representative from the Vietnamese Student
Association at Boulder, blasted the publication for running
the piece and questioned their lack of coverage on minority-related
events on campus.
“Do not tell me you are trying to write about our
people when you do not even show up to any of the opportunities
that our school provides for you,” Ha said.
The rally concluded with students holding hands and singing
“We Shall Overcome.”
“We stand here united, but I urge you all to maintain
the strength and courage in your heart,” Gilford
“ … And when somebody says something that
is ignorant, although it’s not your job to do it,
have the courage to say, ‘That was wrong.’”