Campus DEI Policies Marginalize and Silence Jewish Students
“On campus, DEI bureaucracies are straightforward ideological enforcers. Their ideology views Jews as emissaries of (white) power.”
According to Seth Mandel, this is part of the point.
He writes at Commentary:
Campus Diversity Is Campus Jew-Hatred
By every metric, American Jewish campus life is a shadow of what it once was. The City University of New York is losing the last two Jewish members of its 80-member senior leadership team—in the city with the largest Jewish population in the world. Jewish enrollment in elite universities, most notably the Ivy League, is in free fall. And a sense of security on campuses nationwide has evaporated, as anti-Semitic incidents have hit all-time highs and students report hiding their Star of David pendants and taking winding paths to their campus Hillel.
By contrast, one area of American higher education has seen explosive growth: the programs and officers charged with spreading the gospel of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
This is not a coincidence.
Much like “Hate has no home here” lawn signs and “Coexist” bumper stickers, DEI university activity has become a reliable indicator of overt hostility to Israel and, at the very least, suspicion of any visible expression of Jewishness.
On campus, DEI bureaucracies are straightforward ideological enforcers. Their ideology views Jews as emissaries of (white) power. That’s why DEI officials aren’t merely indifferent to campus Jew-baiting, but its ringleaders.
Take CUNY. The taxpayer-funded university system’s pervasive anti-Semitism—harassment of students, administrators overheard complaining that there are “too many Jews” on the faculty, and support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction campaign to isolate Israel—is the subject of state and city investigations. Amid such complaints, CUNY’s chancellor in 2021 hired a new chief diversity officer, Saly Abd Alla, and put her in charge of investigating anti-Semitism.
Abd Alla was a firm supporter of BDS while working as civil-rights director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a powerful anti-Zionist pressure group. The “anti-discrimination portal” she oversees now at CUNY links to the Jerusalem Declaration on Anti-Semitism, which absolves BDS of Jew-hatred and undermines the more accepted definition of anti-Semitism put forth by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
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That’s because Progressivism is a RELIGION.
And DIE is a piece of Progressivism. It IS a religious doctrine.
Until people start treating it that way, you won’t be able to stop this.
If DEI is granted religious status, there literally will be no stopping this. Witness Santeria, where sacrificing animals is protected.
DEI and the woke way of thinking has an intrinsically anti Semitic element
If, as progressives define it, merely being white is an expression of white power, then of course Jews are emissaries of white power. The few black and asian Jews aside, Jews are white, despite the unprincipled contortions many, including Jews themselves, make to distinguish Jews from other whites. I’ve met a few Israelis that have the swarthy Greek look, but I’d call Greeks white too.
That Jews get caught up in the progressive, often self-hating, anti-European zeitgeist is not anti-Semitic as such, though many progressives are motivated by anti-Semitism, as are many of their allies of convenience, especially Muslims.
I’m not Jewish. Jewish people I have known have mostly been smart, if not brilliant and have excellent social skills. Discouraging Jewish students from taking leadership roles on campuses is a tremendous loss to the school and the students.
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