Another what-the-%$#@! moment for this week.
A cooperative cafe named after Che Guevara at the University of California, San Diego — which has been a financial black hole for 34 years — is about to close down.
It took thirty-four years for someone to bring this nonsense to an end?
And during that span of time — longer than that of Jesus’ life on earth — were there any protests about the name given to this cafe?
Imagine a cafe named after Adolf Hitler or some other sociopathic mass murderer at any other university.
Or, how about a Pinochet cafe at any university?
A question: were there no Cuban exiles at UC San Diego for the past 34 years? Surely, there must have been at least one. And he or she should have raised a fuss.
Imagine Jewish students anywhere putting up with a Hitler cafe for more than just an hour or two.
Any way you look at it, this story is besmirched with shame from top to bottom: shame on the university, shame on the students, shame on the Cubans at UCSD who didn’t howl in protest, shame on the dogs who didn’t piss on the cafe’s walls.
This blot on the landscape should have never come into existence, much less endured for so long.
And… to add insult to injury: students have launched a campaign to keep this monstrosity open.
From Fox News:
California university, students revolt against failing cafe named for Che Guevara
Long after his death, Che Guevara, who some regard as a ruthless killer and others adore as an icon of revolution, is teaching a new generation of students about the failure of communism.
University of California-San Diego students have run the “Che Café Collective” for 34 years, a vegan co-op and concert venue boasting “exorbitantly low” prices and volunteer staffing. But it’s consistently in the red, costing the student body nearly $1 million over the years, and isn’t kept up to fire or safety codes. School officials are threatening to cut off funding, which would shut down the campus fixture, but a band of students is fighting back.
“The venue has been operating for 34 years and it’s the longest-running volunteer space in Southern California, if not in all of California,” café volunteer Rene Vera told FoxNews.com. “And our building is covered in murals that document a lot of that history.”
In its heyday, the café hosted up-and-coming acts like Nirvana and Green Day. Staffers would feed the band, often with donated food, and the audience got the leftovers. The decidedly un-capitalist business model worked until crowds began to dwindle, extensive repairs were ordered by campus fire marshals and student groups got sick of subsidizing it.
The university’s student-run newspaper, The Guardian, characterized the venue as a “money pit consistently plagued with safety issues” in a recent editorial, urging its principals to start utilizing better fiscal management of nearly $1 million of student fees are used for renovations.
“Many students also don’t realize that the money being spent on the café’s renovation comes directly from student fees; in other words, we are collectively pouring almost one million dollars of our money into repairing a cooperative that the vast majority of us don’t even use.”
Continue reading HERE… if you can withstand the irresistible urge to laugh and cry at the same time.