The oldest scholarly group studying U.S. history and culture is getting sued for “covertly pack[ing]” its organization with anti-Israel professors.
Before 2012, no candidate chosen to head the American Studies Association had been associated with the Israeli boycott movement, according to The College Fix. For the past five years, ALL nominees were vocal supporters of the movement.
Some of the defendants in the case have a well-documented history of anti-Israel remarks. One of them, Steven Salaita, had a job offer rescinded after the discovery of these tweets:
“Zionists, take responsibility: if your dream of an ethnocratic Israel is worth the murder of children, just f***ing own it already,” said the professor. In another tweet, Salaita said “at this point, if Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised?
Salaita sued the University of Illinois for retracting his job offer, getting $600,000 out of the settlement.
Another defendant, Rutgers University women’s studies professor Jasbir Puar, is accused of making sure that “only signed supporters of USACBI [which advocates for both the academic and cultural boycott of Israel] were nominated for American Studies Association President.”
Alex Lubin, an American University professor whom Puar nominated for ASA’s national council, apparently wrote in one of the released emails that “we were nominated in order to build momentum for BDS even though the question of BDS in American Studies Association may or may not emerge while we’re on the council.”
Puar accused Israel of committing “field assassinations of young Palestinian men,” and then invoked the anti-Semitic trope that “the bodies were mined for organs for scientific research.”
But not every ASA member knew about the collusion between the group and the anti-Israel lobby. Puar allegedly kept it hidden from the organization’s general membership. John Stephens, executive director of the ASA, denied knowing about it, but then did a simple Internet search and discovered for himself that the names on an anti-Israel boycott proposal matched up with the names of several ASA officers who passed the group’s 2013 boycott of all Israeli schools, which ⅔ of the ASA’s voting members approved.
But the ASA did receive backlash for this decision. In just a month, over 80 US colleges condemned the vote and several colleges withdrew from the organization entirely. Israel does not seem to be the only issue on which the ASA is biased. Its current president, Kandice Chuh, “teaches courses in critical theory, aesthetics, race and intersectionality, queer theory, and decolonial studies,” subjects typically associated with the political left. Elizabeth Duggan and David Roediger, ASA presidents from 2014 to 2016, are apparently interested in and/or have authored books on “whiteness.”
Terrorist Reading At Pro-Palestinian Student Event
A pro-Palestinian student group hosted an event Saturday comparing Palestinian liberation to black American liberation, reported The Daily Caller News Foundation. That’s “intersectionality” for you — let’s erase and collapse context, history, and all of that nonsense because all we need is oppressor and oppressed. But perhaps a bit more concerning is that the students at this event will apparently read something written by an officer of a designated terrorist group.
Temple University’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter looks like a pretty diverse bunch. And I know you’re thinking that diversity is typically code for anti-white these days but it looks like these students also support diversity of ideas or rather, one specific idea to be exact: terrorism.
You see, Temple’s SJP chapter hosted an event called “Palestine & Black America: A Strategy for Liberation” and I guess I’m not sure what the message is behind that title. You want a separate Palestinian state…does that mean you also want a black American ethnostate? Sounds pretty racist to me. Around 50 individuals apparently attended and read from Black Panther Party founder Huey P. Newton, as well as Ahmad Sa’adat, who’s the secretary general for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine or PFLP.
You know, the same PFLP that the US lists as a terrorist group. The same PFLP that murdered more than 100 individuals, including children, with suicide bombers during the Second Intifada. The same PFLP that killed five Jewish synagogue worshipers and a police officer in 2014. And the same PFLP that has been doing these things for a little while now, slaughtering over two dozen people at an airport in 1972.
Wew lad, talk about bad optics.
Antifa Bike Lock Prof Not Going To Prison
Professor Eric Clanton will receive only three years of probation — in addition to four days he previously served in jail — after reportedly bludgeoning at least seven people, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The investigation into Professor Eric Clanton is one of the most impressive feats of citizen journalism in the digital age. Users of that delightfully devilish site 4Chan looked at images of the bike lock attacker’s facial structure, clothing, and backpack straps and matched them up with those of Eric Clanton. Police arrested Clanton about a month later and the professor was charged with a simple battery misdemeanor, a felony for causing great bodily injury, three felony assaults with a deadly weapon, and another misdemeanor for wearing a mask to avoid getting identified while committing a crime.
Now, Clanton was facing up to 11 years in prison for these charges. But, get this: California entered into a plea deal with Clanton in which the state dropped all of the felony assault charges in exchange for Clanton pleading “no contest” to the simple battery misdemeanor. Clanton is only getting three years on probation. He already served those four days of confinement.
Remember, this is a guy who, according to police, had bludgeoned at least seven people with a bike lock.
What’s the point of unmasking these criminals if the systems we have in place to punish them refuse to do so, whether out of simple corruption or out of a desire to protect the bad guys, so long as they have the right politics?
Harvard Clamps Down On Free Association
This month, Delta Gamma became the first single-gender group at Harvard to close because of the school’s new rules prohibiting students in single-gender groups from holding office in recognized student groups, receiving Harvard’s endorsement for prestigious accolades like the Rhodes Scholarship, or even captaining varsity athletic teams at the school, reported The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Delta Gamma’s national president Wilma Johnson Wilbanks said:
“We respect the chapter’s decision and understand that the University’s sanctions resulted in an environment in which Delta Gamma could not thrive. We sincerely hope this changes in the future.”
So why penalize students who join single-gender groups in the first place? Well, Harvard spokeswoman Rachael Dane said:
“Harvard College seeks to build a community in which every student can thrive, and it does so on the foundation of a set of shared values including belonging, inclusion, and non-discrimination.”
OK so this is super-ironic coming from Harvard, one of the most discriminatory and exclusionary institutions probably on the face of the planet. And it’s that LACK of inclusion that makes it so distinguished. It wouldn’t exactly be Harvard anymore if they, let’s say, diversified their admission process by picking an equal number of people with 2.0 GPAs as 4.0 GPAs, now would it? Actually, that might be exactly what the school is doing if it is, in fact, discriminating against Asian Americans, which I guess we’ll find out in October.
Listen, frat and sorority members do get access to advantages like exclusive parties and an exclusive networking pool for jobs after college, but this holds for people from any group. You might be able to outlaw meetups featuring the annoying little Greek letters, Harvard, but hopefully, hopefully you and the media, Hollywood, and all of the other progressive institutions won’t be able to stop people with similar interests from coming together.
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