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 One of them, Steven Salaita, had a job offer rescinded after the discovery of these tweets: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.”
Socialist Students Not Happy With CIA Partnership
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality advocates completely reasonable things like “free quality education,” “free quality health care,” and “historical truth,” a section they begin by saying they side with Trotsky over Stalin, according to a link posted by Campus Reform.
UI Chicago is partnering with the CIA to help graduates get jobs and internships in the intelligence field, mock interviews, and resume assistance. Sounds pretty helpful, right? Well, when the school’s IYSSE chapter caught wind of this, it authored a statement titled “CIA out of University of Illinois Chicago!”
The socialist students say UIC has a diverse student body including “children of immigrants who were forced to flee their country of origin due to the turmoil caused by the regime change operations of the CIA itself. If recruited, these students would be utilized to carry out imperialist crimes of the US government around the world.” They go on to say the CIA is “responsible for countless crimes—the overthrow of governments, the fomenting of civil wars, assassinations, torture and spying.”
“Imperialist crimes,” eh? I think that “imperialist” is hysterical SJW-speak for “interventionist.” And intervention isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you’re intervening to prevent something you have reasonable cause to believe will affect your own country if left unchecked.
Anyway, the socialist students continue: “The encroachment of military and intelligence agencies onto the campus is not an isolated incident but a symptom of the breakdown of world capitalism.” “World capitalism.” Wow, way to give something a negative connotation: like it’s world hunger or something. People on the political extremes honestly come up with some of the best lingo…“crisis actor” is another good one.
“Amidst increasing inequality and growing resistance in the working class, the ruling elite is looking for new ways to suppress opposition to its domination of every aspect of social life.” Wow Conspiracy, much? “It is trying to turn college campuses, which should be center[s] for learning and the free exchange of ideas, into instruments of counter-revolution and reaction.”
Hmmm or how about instruments for employment so that you don’t end up being deadbeat hippies?
Prof Actually Shot Himself To Protest AR-15s?
Last week you might remember that I reported on a college professor who shot himself in the arm, allegedly to protest President Donald Trump. Now, however, he’s changing his story, saying that it was to protest malnutrition, pollution, and AR-15s.
Mark Bird is a 69-year-old sociology professor who taped a $100 bill to a College of Southern Nevada bathroom with a note reading “for the janitor” before proceeding to shoot himself in the arm. While Bird told students, staff, doctors, and police that he shot himself to protest Trump immediately after it happened, he now says he did it to protest AR-15s, according to Blue Lives Matter. But here’s the thing: he didn’t even use an AR-15 to shoot himself.
In an apology letter to the school’s president and VP, Bird gave two reasons for shooting himself, saying “the Earth has roughly 100 million malnutrition and pollution deaths in the past decade — and the Earth is on…course for at least another 100 million such deaths in the next decade” and complaining that since the Las Vegas massacre last year, “there has been no national legislation banning bump stocks, banning civilian ownership of AR-15 type assault weapons, and the passage of universal gun background checks.”
So I’m guessing that the reasoning here was to attract media attention by doing something really drastic and then giving himself a megaphone that way? Bird says he shot himself on campus because he knew the College of Southern Nevada police would not let him die.
The professor is banned from campus and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon at school and without a permit, as well as shooting it inside a restricted environment.
College Splurges On Amazon Echos After Layoffs, Deficit
Saint Louis University scrapped around 120 faculty and admin positions in March 2017 and also ditched 130 vacant capacities. The previous fiscal year, the school had a $16 million deficit. And NOW, it’s decided to purchase Amazon Echos, those little gadgets that play music, search the Internet, and make calls all hands-free with that friendly robot Alexa, reported The College Fix. Oh and remember, this is also one of those devices that collects user data, with which it does who knows what.
Amazon Echos go for $50 on Amazon and Saint Louis University is buying one for each of its more than 2,300 dorm rooms on campus. That comes out to $115,000, though the school did say it bought them at a discount. David Hakanson, the university’s vice president, said that “every minute we can save our students from having to search for the information they need online is another minute that they can spend focused on what matters most: their education.”
You know that it takes roughly the same amount of time to type a question out on Google as it does to ask it orally, right? Also, have you ever heard of this thing called RESEARCH? Learning how to find things yourself is a pretty crucial part of education. Anyways, this wouldn’t be quite so egregious if this weren’t the same school that recently made over a hundred layoffs and is expecting a $10 to $20 million loss each year.
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