UC Davis Ethnic Studies Says Photo of Murdered Latino Police Officer is "Anti-Black"

Ethnic studies is invariably the worst part of any college campus. (The second worst part is gender studies, but it's usually a close race.)

Ethnic studies invariably means black nationalist, La Raza, and other supremacist groups aligned with the Left, training future protesters and community organizers to hate America.

And everyone else.

So this kind of ugly behavior isn't surprising. The backlash to it is. Decency on campuses seemed to have been buried under a ton of social justice crybullying. No one dares to question Black Lives Matter bigots spewing hate and victimhood in equal proportions.

A photo of Police Officer Natalie Corona, clad in a royal blue dress and waving a Thin Blue Line flag, has flooded social media as a symbol of the 22-year-old’s deep love of police work before she was gunned down in Davis on Thursday night.

A UC Davis student government branch, though, saw it differently. The university’s Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission criticized the picture and Corona’s flag in particular, calling it “triggering” and “blatantly anti-Black” in a now-deleted Facebook post.

“Flashing lights, sirens, and increased police presence can be triggering to many Black and Brown people,” the post read. “In addition, there has been the circulation of an image of the police officer with the Blue Lives Matter flag. We would like to directly address that this flag represents an attempt by law enforcement to undermine the Black Lives Matter movement. ‘Blue Lives Matter’ was... an effort to evade accountability and critical awareness of police treatment of communities of color.”

Natalie Corona was Latina. And therefore, by the weird racial language of the Left, a "brown" person. But she was a police officer, so her life didn't matter. Unlike that of the drug dealers and thugs on whose behalf BLM burns down cities like Baltimore.

José Merced Corona is 55, goes by Merced, and felt the call of service when he was the very young son of farm workers from the Mexican state of Michoacán. Merced built a life by acting on that call. The symbol of his generational success – from the harvest fields to the ranks of sworn peace officers – is the huge house, on the outskirts of Arbuckle, surrounded by harvest fields where Merced’s family settled. There, the Coronas would gather with his wife’s family, the Ulloas, in massive shows of love between two of the biggest and best-known Mexican families for miles around.

So there was Corona, only a few weeks removed from completing her training and fully certified to respond alone to routine calls on routine evenings. She wanted this. This was not mundane to her. Like her father, she felt the call to help people in need, even when the need was simply bent car frames and frazzled nerves of human beings she didn’t know, but swore to protect.

“She told me, ‘Dad, this is what I want to do,’” said her father Merced Corona, a retired Colusa County Sheriff’s deputy.

To their credit, and shockingly, UC Davis student leadership has called out the Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission for its hate speech.

The Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission deleted its post after ASUCD student body president Michael Gofman condemned it Friday night on Facebook. Gofman described the ECAC’s post as “disgusting” and urged the commission to take it down and issue an apology.

“Its (sic) easy to sit on the third floor of the Memorial Union when there are at least 100 brave men and women in blue between you and the shooter. It is easy to argue hypotheticals, politics, and ideology when you’re in safety,” Gofman wrote. “I am ashamed that some of these same people, protected by the very officers that they are condemning, have the audacity to politicize the loss of a young officer. (H)er only crime was being a police officer.”

The ECAC’s web page describes it as a branch that recommends policies and programs for minority groups at UC Davis. It was named UC Davis’ commission of the year in 2018. The ECAC previously boycotted Gofman’s annual State of the Association address, calling him “racist,” “divisive” and “not trustworthy,” UC Davis student newspaper The California Aggie reported.

That's a recommendation right there.

“[Gofman] has been disrespectful to members of the LGBTQIA community, minorities, and refuse to listen to members of this Association,” the post read. “He is racist and refuses to use gender-inclusive language. He had conducted interviews with unfairness and injustice. He has been divisive and not trustworthy. With that being said, I don’t believe anything he said or will be saying. I don’t trust him.”

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