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Major Academic Organization Sued For Anti-Israel Takeover

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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 One of them, Steven Salaita, had a job offer rescinded after the discovery of these tweets: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.”

 

 

Colorado State University

Colo. State: Don’t Say ‘Crazy,’ ‘Normal Person,’ Or ‘Hip Hip Hooray!’

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A task force at Colorado State University has published what I think is the most comprehensive language policing guide ever, a guide reported by Campus Reform. There are more than a hundred terms and I could probably do a whole video on each of them, but I’ll hone in on a couple of really crazy ones. Actually, I’m not allowed to use the word “crazy,” “nuts,” or “maniac” because they’re apparently too tied up with mental illness and the task force that got paid to create this isn’t a big fan of context.

While we’re in the A’s, Colorado State also dislikes the terms “addicted” and “like crack,” saying they can harm people suffering from drug abuse. I scrolled to the C’s to learn that “cake walk” apparently has a history linked to slavery and the school recommends replacing “eenie meenie miney moe” with “randomly selected” because, the school says, the original song included a racial slur.

You know, I actually looked that one up and it turns out that yes, some versions do use the n-word, but 1) it’s unknown whether that’s the original and 2) I seriously doubt anyone who uses that expression or “cake walk” nowadays even know of those connotations. If the left is about reclaiming concepts like they try with socialism, doesn’t this kind of undermine that?

Colorado State claiming “hip hip hooray” was used during the Holocaust when rounding up Jews is another instance of this. The Bustle link they use doesn’t mention it and I only found HuffPost and a couple other sites discussing it, but simply no one uses it nowadays with that implication. And rounding out the craziness, you have a suggestion not to use “hold down the fort” because it was apparently used when defending against American Indians and then the term “normal person,” for which there’s apparently “no replacement as it is never appropriate to use this phrase to describe a person.”

Yeah well I definitely won’t use “normal person” to describe whomever wrote this, don’t worry.

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UC Berkeley

Inside UC Berkeley’s ‘Undocumented Student Program’

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UC Berkeley has its very own Undocumented Student Program, reported Campus Reform. You don’t need a student login to see it, you don’t need to go on the school WiFi — no, no, it’s a publicly available part of the taxpayer-funded Berkeley’s website.

Now, the University of California system has promised not to cooperate with immigration enforcement, refusing to show them private records unless ordered by a court.

UC Berkeley also offers mental health counseling, academic support, legal support, and even has an “undocumented students” check box on its scholarship application. The school used donor money to give out 81 grants of up to $500 this spring and even offers some free meal plans to illegal alien students.

Not a bad deal, huh? UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ wrote the school community in late June, warning of ICE raids but promising that “When we have advance notice, the Undocumented Student Program staff communicate directly with impacted students about these visits to campus.”

Great, So they have time to leave their dorms, run from the law. Here we are, 2019 in clown world, with government-funded institutions directly defying a government agency. This is one of those times when the whole federal, state, local division of laws in America doesn’t really work out. That obviously needs to be revisited, as well as the “sanctuary” campus and city nonsense. Orange man, where you at?

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Harvard

Harvard Held Onto Epstein Donation, But Fired Dean Who Repped Weinstein

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Jeffrey Epstein donated $6.5 million to Harvard back in 2003, according to Newsweek. A few years later, the billionaire was the subject of a probable cause affidavit for sexual exploitation of minors and Harvard’s school paper asked the school if it planned on giving the money back.

“Mr. Epstein’s gift is funding important research using mathematics to study areas such as evolutionary theory, viruses, and cancers,” Harvard said. “The University is not considering returning this gift.”

Now remember that this was after 2002 to 2005, the dates during which court documents say Epstein put together his extensive network of underage victims, but before he was indicted in 2007, before Epstein got convicted of soliciting a teen for prostitution in 2008, and before Alexander Acosta, who stepped down as Labor Secretary Friday, made a deal not to prosecute Epstein that same year.

Harvard said last week that the $6.5 million Epstein had donated was already spent, but you’ve got to wonder if that was the case in 2008. And the school’s action is particularly curious given how in May, it outright fired Ronald Sullivan, a dean who was at one point representing accused rapist Harvey Weinstein, amid pressure from students and faculty.

If this kind of deranged guilty until proven innocent and guilt by association mindset is Harvard’s standard, what does taking money from Epstein say about the premier academic institution?

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