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As Dr. Dre Gives His Money to USC, Black Students Protest Being Handcuffed, Arrested at a Party


This month, Dr. Dre announced that he would give $35 million dollars to the University of Southern California (USC).  The decision was met with questions from Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University, who wondered why Dr. Dre had not considered making his donation to an HBCU.

The questions become even more poignant in light of complaints from USC students about racial profiling occurring on campus.   During a recent campus party, the LAPD sent nearly 80 police officers in riot gear with a helicopter to break up an event that was full of African Americans.  The police were responding to noise complaints and are not known to have ever responded with this much force to a white party on campus.  Even the white students at a similar party across the street were stunned to see their fellow students in handcuffs.

USC senior Nate Howard helped to organize the party and during protests, questioned what the police were doing.

“Seventy-plus officers?” he said. “What else was going on at that time in the community that you needed to be at a party of students getting ready to graduate?”

Howard claims that several students were handcuffed and detained and six were arrested.  The students there say that the event was peaceful, registered with campus police, and student IDs were checked at the door.  He said that there were no fights and no guns.  While the LAPD is subject to the most scrutiny, local police typically must coordinate with campus security when dealing with university gatherings.

“And here we have LAPD who are still trying to make us live in 1963!” Howard said. “Brothers like me go to college, they go to college, they look like me, they look like us! Here we are!”

About 100 students protested on campus after the incident, holding up signs that said,  “We are scholars not criminals.”

A panel of LAPD officers and USC campus police addressed about 1,200 students who’d gathered for a town hall-style meeting about the incident.

“What I’d like to do before we move forward is really address the race issue,” said LAPD Captain Paul Snell.

“We have looked at this and we do not believe that this was race-based,” he said.

Snell says that when officers responded to the noise complaint, they felt threatened.  That’s when they called for backup. But some of the white students in attendance spoke up, stating that the incident was all about racism.

Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a senior at USC, said she was holding a party right across the street, and that none of her friends were harassed or arrested.

“My house was treated with respect and the only difference between the two parties was that racial component. And if you’re going to deny that, then I’m sorry, I’m just not going to stand for it,” said Tither-Kaplan.

Commander Bill Scott of LAPD’s South Bureau asked one question: “How many people — just by a show of hands — think this incident was based on race?”

When he asked the question, nearly every person in the room raised their hands.

“We take that seriously and that really matters to us,” Scott said. “And the hands that I saw were white hands, black hands, brown hands, everybody in the room. So that means something to us.”

The LAPD is no stranger to racial controversy.   Just two months ago, former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner led police on a manhunt after using violence in retaliation to racism that he felt led to him being fired from the force.  Since that time, other officers have come forward to say that Dorner’s allegations were accurate.

23 Responses to As Dr. Dre Gives His Money to USC, Black Students Protest Being Handcuffed, Arrested at a Party

  1. jola Reply

    May 24, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I responded with information that would discredit the message that USC does NOT give back to the community surrounding it but it was not posted. WHY? I’m now convinced that the TRUTH about USC and WHY Dr. Dre decided to gift them $35 million dollars is not what this website is interested in sharing. If you review this website:
    you’ll see that USC does more for the community surrounding it than most colleges!! That’s probably one of the many reasons Dre gifted USC #35 million dollars.

  2. j.o Reply

    May 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Don’t buy any thing that Dre has a hand in.

  3. M Reply

    May 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Who cares he gives his money to his white wife!!?? Where we hit him is in the b**t I would not buy and will not buy anything of his. May Jesus Bless him!!!!

  4. joan morris Reply

    May 24, 2013 at 9:30 am

    BECAUSE THE Poornest and lack of Joan Education is due to Blacks and Black colleges/university. BLACKS PROFESSOR, CHAIR, FACULTY (HAVE ME PICK-ON) FIGHT ME OUT OF SCHOOL RATHER TO LET ME STAY IN TO LEARN.
    The Poorness and lack of Joan Morris Education is due to Blacks and Black colleges/university. BLACKS (HAVE ME PICK-ON) FIGHT ME OUT OF SCHOOL RATHER TO LET ME STAY IN TO LEARN. SO I DO NOT BLAME YOU DR. DRE.
    JOAN 754-244-6355

  5. william Reply

    May 24, 2013 at 8:52 am

    The 35 million is a tax deductible, His accounting who is probably white, might have told him to donate it to USC, because the amount you can write off depends on what is being used for. Plus its going to help his business. I’m sorry to say, but a HBC night not benefit him in the long run,

  6. Territc Reply

    May 24, 2013 at 2:58 am


    This is an unbelievably ignorant statement. Black people did not put Dr Dre on the map. He put himself on the map and black people and white people chose to support him. That was your choice and does not guarantee that he should therefore support your causes.

    Whilst I am in agreement that the black community should support each other as much as is possible, you cannot force anyone to do what we want them to do. Obviously he had his own reasons for donating the way he did and we should respect that.

  7. biggame JJ Reply

    May 24, 2013 at 1:27 am

    The dude who runs this website has deleted every post that opposes his viewpoint or pointed out his mistakes. His article was written with little or no research I guess that is freedom of speech and journalism.

  8. mmdccbslm Reply

    May 23, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    can you spell, “CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT?”


    May 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm



    May 23, 2013 at 6:29 pm


  11. Edward Reply

    May 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    While I agree that people should be allowed to give wherever they want without being ridiculed, there is something to be said about strategic giving. Jews have sustained their interests because they have a culture that is invested in their well-being. Jews support Jewish institutions and they are consequently in more viable positions to impose their influence on decision-makers. They also give generously to others as well but their allegiance is first and foremost to Israel and Jewish causes. Can’t blame them for that. However in the case of many black athletes and entertainers there is a trend for each of them to start a Foundation in their own name and do their work independent of others. While a particular community or cause may benefit from this kind of philanthropy, it is not strategic and does not create the kind of value-added benefit that Jews and others get when there is a focus on building institutions that are able to in effect bring long-lasting change. One element that black philanthropy lacks is the cohesiveness that targets systemic change rather than nibbling at the edges of societal symptoms, never getting at root causes. The Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation will launch in the fall of 2014 with 25 students, according to the Los Angeles Times. That kind of money brings influence. Is Dr. Dre wise enough to use that influence to effect change? Certainly he can demand diversity in the program and he can ask for an explanation of USC practices regarding campus policing. What an informed man would have done is demanded a seat on the board. That’s were the real power rests. From there, he demands an audience for his interest and directs resources in a strategic manner. Let’s hope he gets the sound advice he needs. Certainly willing to help. http://www.UrbanGuildpi.org

  12. Juandero Reply

    May 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Now allow me to share my opinion, if I may.Now I can understand why most people feel that Dr.Dre could do whatever he wants with his money, in a way they’re right. But the real question is why help an predominantly all white college with a very little minority attendance when a racially charge incident occured before he made this decision. This is not about our people wanting a so called handout,its about him helping the people who had his back when the white society refused to even to listen to his music, even to this day most don’t.He could help a black college as well just to even the playing field and show that he gives a d**n about the people who made him famous. All I’m saying is help your people first before helping the people who allow this very college to do this to black college students for nothing.

    • biggame JJ Reply

      May 24, 2013 at 1:23 am

      At USC whites make up 46% of students the rest is mixed…google last years admission records.

  13. keepbothbarrelesload Reply

    May 23, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    My question is what are we going to do about it???????

  14. Denise Kindred Reply

    May 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Dr. Dre has join the club of the 1% and they don’t give a dam about the 99%. Just keep making them rich and they are pleased. Dr. Dre made a business decision to invest in USC to start a program. I can only hope he made a provision that will award a scholarship to students of color to be admitted into the program. He is not responsible to take care of his people but each should teach one and pay it forward when you are blessed. He did make some of his money from black people. Lest we forget, remember when RAP first started the powers that be in the record industry thought it was a FAD. His fans kept it going and supported it until the big monied record execs saw MONEY and started to invest. This is something that Dr. Dre seems to have forgotten.

  15. rosemary davis Reply

    May 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    How much money has Mr.Kimbrough donated himself to these Black Colleges and I wonder if Dr.Dre would be privelage to ask him.It is people like he and Boyce Watkins that continues day after day stir the pot.Don’t try to equate Dr.Dre’s donation with what happen at an all black party on campus one has nothing to do with the other except too imply he’s giving his money too a white school where racism supposedly exist.USC has students from all over the world that forms all kinds of races of mankind not just the white race.And yes racism is still alive but it is articles like this that help fan the flames and we wonder why it still exist

  16. Sanya Reply

    May 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I’m a radio show host, author and educator who has been having polarizing conversations about this topic. Many people I’ve spoken with believe Dr. Dre should be able to give his money to whomever he wants to. My opinion and question to those of color, “When do we first begin to take care of our own?” We have so many institutions that are severely under-funded; institutions that are lacking our presence. I myself mentor and provide resources to many schools in NYC and my drive to do so is fueled by my social responsibility to help our kids be what they don’t see. How can I go outside of my community without first helping my own? That would be hypocritical. If Dr. Dre’s purpose was to fund a new program, I don’t have a problem. To hear that black students at USC are faced with racially driven incidents is disheartening but also a reality in today’s society. I hope Dr. Dre uses his influence and money invested in USC to begin dialogues with students on how his money can be put to good use.

  17. rosemary davis Reply

    May 23, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Please give this a rest in regards to who Dr.Dre gave his money too.It is his money and he can do and give as he pleases with it.I am so tired of black people always thinking and beleiving that we as a people should be given a hand out or that we are owed something or we should be giving back to the black community while giving is good it should be done from the heart and not because we are compelled to do so.First it was Jay-Z and Beyonce now it is Dr.Dre their are black students at USC that I am sure will benefit from his generous donation and it shouldn’t always be about giving to blacks only.

  18. joan morris Reply

    May 23, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Dillard President Asks Dr. Dre Why He Gave $35 Million to USC and Not a Black College


    “I JUST WANT TO SAY I DO NOT BLAME YOU, BECAUSE Poornest and lack of Joan Education is due to Blacks and Black colleges/universityThe Poorness and lack of Joan Morris Education is due to Blacks and Black colleges/university.

  19. peggy70a Reply

    May 23, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Is there really anyone who thinks “racism” has disappeared? No matter how we dream and wish it was not so, “racism” does indeed exist and it always will.

  20. Jana Carrillo Reply

    May 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Once again, ridiculous, this World of ppl.is in an uproar, Ridiculous, tacism is alive and doin vety well

  21. Ms. Wanda Reply

    May 22, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Very interesting. Good for them.

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