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Samantha Mandeles

In the year since the death of George Floyd, 37-year-old activist and Black Lives Matter (BLM) co-founder Patrisse Cullors has become a household name. Now, she's finally announced—as the last of the three original co-founders to do so—that she's stepping down from her role as the director of BLM umbrella group, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF). Nevertheless, with massive enterntainment conglomerate contracts and the tacit endorsement (not to mention funding) of Big Tech, Cullors is poised to be even more influential in the coming months than she has been ever before.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably aware of the scores of reported attacks against Jews that have occurred over the last several weeks. While Hamas targeted Israeli Jews with rocket fire and explosives, the "anti-Zionists, not-anti-Semites" of the western world targeted diaspora Jews in America, Canada, and Europe for harassment, destruction of property, and even violent assault.

The California State Board of Education (SBOE)—a font of seemingly never ending controversy over the past year—has struck again. Even after the considerable public anger surrounding the new Marxist-inspired, Critical Theory-rife Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC), the SBOE has now begun to revamp its K-12 mathematics curricula with similar philosophies in mind.

This past weekend, Palestinian Arabs in Jerusalem marked the conclusion of Ramadan with vast gatherings at the Temple Mount (the world's holiest site for Jews and third-holiest site for Muslims), where incendiary video footage showed the crowds enthusiastically chanting hateful slogans preaching violence against Jews. Naturally, the so-called "Jewish" anti-Zionist organization IfNotNow publicly endorsed the incitement—and claimed to do so on behalf of American Jews.

Back in November 2020, we covered the case of Valentina Azarova, a Germany-based “human rights scholar” who was denied the directorship of the University of Toronto School of Law International Human Rights Program (IHRP). Outraged, her supporters complained that a Jewish alumnus and donor—a sitting Tax Court judge ill-disposed to Azarova's work on "Israel's occupation of Palestine"—prevented her hire via behind-the-scenes pressure. Now, an independent investigation has disproven this claim, but Azarova's advocates are sticking to—and relentlessly spreading—their original, false narrative.

It's been barely a year since George Floyd's killing re-invigorated the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, but for its co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, a lot has changed for the better. While millions of Americans remain unemployed due to months of COVID shutdowns, Cullors—a self-described trained "Marxist"—reportedly just dropped $1.4m on a fourth house.

This past Sunday, March 14, 2021, marked the 2021 Grammys award ceremony. Usually, I pay exactly zero attention to celebrity awards shows, but this year's event deserves a mention. After a year marked by ever-increasing anti-Semitic incidents and the continued normalization of leftist Jew-hate, the Recording Academy decided that what the show really needed was a special performance by disgraced former Women's March leader, Louis Farrakhan-supporter, and (as far as I can tell) non-musician Tamika Mallory.

The saga continues: California's Department of Education has released yet another iteration of its neo-Marxist-inspired, Critical Theory-based Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for public schools. Even after five years of work (and who knows how much money) the latest (fourth!) version of the ESMC—to be voted on next week—has managed, somehow, to be worse than the last.

Over the years, Legal Insurrection has covered Tufts University and its many controversies time and time again. This time, Tufts' radical anti-Israel student group, Students for Justice in Palestine, may have outdone them all— with its jaw-dropping, months-long campaign to rid Tufts student government of an elected officer for the simple fact of his Jewish Zionist identity.

As the spring 2021 college semester unfolds, universities around the country have organized events to commemorate Black History Month (rightly so). But at Northeastern University, a new "intersectional" student group took the opportunity to host radical anti-Israel activist Angela Davis, known for her frequent calls for the destruction of the Jewish state.

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