DEI Policies are Directly Related to the Demonization of Jews on Campus

2024-03-13 07:00:16

This fact needs to be pointed out repeatedly.

The Other McCain highlights a recent piece in The Atlantic:

Shortly after the [October 7] attacks, a Cornell professor publicly proclaimed the barbarity “exhilarating” and “energizing,” while a Columbia professor called it “awesome” and an “achievement.” Comparable praise percolated through America’s top universities, coming from students and faculty alike. On campuses around the country, students began gathering regularly to chant “There is only one solution: intifada revolution!”—a reference to a suicide-bombing campaign in Israel a generation ago that maimed and murdered well over 1,000 Jews. (If there is only one solution, perhaps one could call it the Final Solution.)

Students took these rallies inside libraries and other campus buildings. They vandalized university property with such slogans as “Zionism = Genocide,” “New Intifada,” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”—referring to a geographic area that encompasses the entirety of the state of Israel, where half the world’s Jews live. . . . On some campuses, the exhilaration escalated into death threats and physical assaults against Jewish students. When a Jewish Tulane University student tried to stop an anti-Israel protester near campus from burning an Israeli flag, protesters attacked him and other Jewish students, breaking one student’s nose. . . .

Many public and private institutions have invested enormously in recent years in attempts to defang bigotry; ours is an era in which even sneaker companies feel obliged to publicly denounce hate. But diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives have proved to be no match for anti-Semitism, for a clear reason: the durable idea of anti-Semitism as justice.

Robert Stacy McCain comments:

“Diversity, equity and inclusion” programs — and the justification of such programs as necessary for “leveling the playing field” in the name “justice” — represent a simplistic misunderstanding of how the world operates, a misunderstanding directly related to the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Ronald Reagan once famously described this worldview: “We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one.” Exactly so.

The Left believes that inequality is synonymous with injustice. Insofar as you have a nickel’s more net worth than your neighbor, this disparity proves that you are oppressing him. You may laugh at this as silly hyperbole, but it is the essence of the belief system that justifies DEI programs at universities, and which also justifies people claiming that Israel is guilty of “genocide” in Gaza.


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