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 One of them, Steven Salaita, had a job offer rescinded after the discovery of these tweets: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.”
School Spends $393,000 Defending Statue From Protesters
The University of North Carolina spent a total of $393,000 paying police to defend the Silent Sam statue and repairing it, reported The Daily Caller News Foundation.
UNC history PhD student Maya Little apparently mixed red ink with her own blood to protest this Confederate statue.
And it wasn’t just the students, either. Seventeen anonymous University of North Carolina professors wrote the school an ultimatum, saying they would tear the statue down themselves if it wasn’t removed by a certain date.
“We do not fear arrest,” said the brave…anonymous professors. “Indeed we welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the commitment that the Carolina faculty has to the wellbeing of its students and the principles that make this university great.”
Yeah, you know, principles like cultural Marxism, mob rule, might makes right. Now, the professors wrote that letter to UNC Chancellor Carol Folt, who finds herself in a bit of a pickle. You see, she would love to tear down the Silent Sam statue but believes a certain North Carolina law forbids her from doing so without legislative consent. UNC police said last August that they thought the Confederate statue’s fate would resemble that of the one in Durham, North Carolina.
And, of course, all felony charges were dropped against those Durham “activists.”
Harvard Official Apologizes After Affordable Housing Insult
Theresa Lund, executive director of Harvard University’s Humanitarian Institute complained because her children were trying to sleep and the daughter of Alyson Laliberte, a neighboring mother, was apparently making too much noise, reported The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Lund asked whether Laliberte lived in Harvard housing, or an “affordable apartment.”
As long as it’s a public area, there’s really nothing Theresa can do. I think the layout here is probably Harvard housing off to one side, affordable apartments off to another with a common space in between that residents from both areas can use. And to be honest, Theresa, a couple dozen yards isn’t going to make much of a difference.
So after getting called racist by Alyson, the Harvard employee apologized Monday, saying her response was “inappropriate and wrong” and that “This clearly wasn’t my best moment, and I have work to do to more consistently be my best self.”
So if Alyson DID actually live in the cheaper housing, this seems like a case of coastal elites who virtue signal about how much they love the less fortunate to get their votes, but when it comes time to actually live with them? I mean, can you imagine if we actually took in all of those refugees and put a few of them in Theresa’s neighborhood? Something tells me she wouldn’t be too pleased.
But let’s take a step back and look at the bigger picture, which is: what the heck is going on with Harvard? Now, if you join a frat or sorority at the school, you will be prohibited from applying for prestigious scholarships and holding leadership positions on campus. The school also requires faculty and students to take an online sexual harassment module because, you know, teaching people how not to rape or make sexist jokes totally works. Looming over all of this, of course, is the possibility that Harvard is discriminating against Asian American applicants. Stay tuned when that lawsuit hits the court in October.
Christian College Loses At Supreme Court
You might remember the case of Trinity Western University, a college that wanted to set up a law school, only to be told that its law graduates would not be accredited in certain provincial law societies. Why? Well, because these graduates dared to attend a school that banned its students from having sex outside of heterosexual marriage.
Now, courts in British Columbia and Nova Scotia sided with Trinity Western, saying it would violate students’ religious freedom to deny them licenses to practice law on this basis. But Ontario’s highest court sided with the law societies and the case went to the Supreme Court, which decided in a 7-2 vote that the law societies were correct, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation. The court’s majority opinion said:
“Limiting access to membership in the legal profession on the basis of personal characteristics, unrelated to merit, is inherently inimical to the integrity of the legal profession.”
But here’s the thing: the Supreme Court is ALSO limiting access to the legal profession by letting law societies deny licenses to students not based on how well they did in law school, but simply because they voluntarily attended a school that wanted them to have a traditionally Christian sex life.
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