Okay, I guess I have to address this, since it’s coming up more and more often in comments on my coverage of the UC San Diego situation:┬áThere is NO evidence that the black shock-comedian “Jiggaboo Jones” was behind last month’s racist “Compton Cookout” at UCSD. None. Zero.

Here’s the deal.

Sometime in early-to-mid-February, the invitation to the Compton Cookout party was posted on Facebook. As word of the party got around, complaints began to mount, and on February 16 the UCSD administration condemned the event.

On February 18, nearly a week after the party and two days after the scandal broke as a national story, a black comedian who goes by the name “Jiggaboo Jones” posted a video on YouTube claiming that he had thrown the party as a DVD release event. Right-wing websites and fringe journalists leaped to endorse this “debunking” of the story, particularly after subsequent racist incidents at UCSD began to make national news, and the claim has begun to find its way into more mainstream media coverage as well.

But Jones’ story doesn’t hold water, for a long list of reasons:

  • His name appears nowhere on the invitation, nor does any mention of any DVD tie-in.
  • No media coverage of the party mentioned his name until after he “confessed.”
  • Nobody involved with the party has since come forward to confirm his involvement.
  • Despite promoting his YouTube posts with promises of video from the party, he’s produced no such video.

A photo of Jones — wearing dark glasses and a Jheri curl wig, and holding a bucket of fried chicken — accompanied the original party invitation, but that’s the only link between him and the party other than his own claims. Again, there was no mention of him in the invitation, and nobody with any known link to the party has suggested that he was involved in any way.

Every piece of evidence that exists suggests that Jones’ claim is exactly what it looks like — a creepy self-promoter’s attempt to turn a thin, random connection to an ugly news story into a few moments of seedy notoriety.

And yes, I recognize that I’ve just given him what he wants, and yes, I’m disgusted by that.