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 One of them, Steven Salaita, had a job offer rescinded after the discovery of these tweets: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.”
Georgia TA Says ‘Some White People May Have To Die’
University of Georgia TA Irami Osei-Frimpong recently tweeted “Fighting White people is a skill,” reported Campus Reform. He went on to quote clinical psychologist Bobby Wright, who said “Blacks kill Blacks because they have never been trained to kill Whites.”
OK, so this guy could be the most racist person in the world, but he’s an academic, so you would think he’d have at least a bit of discretion and common sense not to post that. Then, last week, Irami threw himself into a Facebook discussion, saying “Some White people may have to die for Black communities to be made whole in this struggle to advance to freedom.”
Anti-white remarks have gotten Irami banned from Facebook more than just once. The UGA TA has previously referred to southern whites as “sociopaths” and “autistic kids” and Facebook suspended him after he said “We can talk about voter suppression. We can talk about ID laws. But all of this begins and ends with the fact that we make crappy White people. So if we are serious, we have to dismantle the institutions that make crappy white people. Their churches, their schools, their families.”
“Dismantle.” Something tells me that won’t be too peaceful. But speaking of schools, the University of Georgia hasn’t seem to have been all too worried about Irami. The school has distinguished multiple times between Irami’s job as a TA and views made in his personal capacity.
However, Sunday night, after some threats to its donations, UGA said “Racism has no place on our campus” and the school’s checking what actions it can “legally consider in accordance with the First Amendment.” At a certain point, Irami’s job as a TA and his personal views may very well come together and I wouldn’t be too shocked to learn that white kids aren’t very comfortable in this dude’s courses.
Students Bash Fallen Cop’s ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Flag
The University of California, Davis has a student group called the Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission, which bashed a Blue Lives Matter flag fallen police officer Natalie Corona said she’d carried to show appreciation for current officers, as well as those who have died during their service, according to Campus Reform.
The group says that the Blue Lives Matter flag “represents an attempt by law enforcement to undermine the Black Lives Matter movement….This was done in an effort to evade accountability and critical awareness of police treatment of communities of color.”
Wow, that’s quite the presumption. You do know that in these encounters between police officers and suspects, officers are often the victims too, right? And while many suspects are shot, they don’t have the legal right to use lethal force on officers trying to arrest them whereas officers can use lethal force if their lives are in danger.
The commission says “to decontextualize the flag would be an erasure of its symbolism of political repression and white supremacy. The flag is blatantly anti-Black and disrespectful.”
The UC Davis student president denounced the student group’s post and the student group hashtag deleted their account. The College Republicans chair said that “anti-cop rhetoric” is “commonplace” on campus and I wouldn’t be shocked. Here at Campus Unmasked, we’ve reported on Brooklyn College suggesting that cops use a dilapidated campus bathroom with no soap and broken sinks, as well as a former New York Antifa professor who tweeted “dead cops are good” and “burn a police station, Philly.” Being on the side of the law isn’t likely to win you a whole lot of fans in the ivory tower these days, folks.
UNC Chancellor Resigns, But Finishes Off Confed. Statue First
Protesters at the University of North Carolina ripped down the Confederate Silent Sam statue back in August. But the base and a commemorative plaque had still remained. Until Monday, that is. On Monday, UNC Chancellor Carol Folt simultaneously announced that she was removing the base and that she was resigning, according to Campus Reform.
This comes after faculty at the school had threatened to withhold grading last month and not teach the first week of the spring semester when UNC was considering putting the statue back up inside a new building on campus.
Folt had originally said that North Carolina law prevented her from taking the statue down. Regarding the statue’s base, she said, “While I recognize that some may not agree with my decision to remove the base and tablets now, I am confident this is the right one for our community – one that will promote public safety, enable us to begin the healing process and renew our focus on our great mission.”
“One that will promote public safety.” What, like safety from those domestic terrorists who vandalized and tore down the statue in the first place? Or from those anonymous professors who threatened to take the statue down themselves back in February? Get this, though: Folt announced that she was stepping down as chancellor at the end of the semester in May, but the Board of Governors, which apparently didn’t know about the statue or resignation until Folt made them public, are now making her resign at the end of January, reported CNN.
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