Anger, particularly among alumni, continued to grow this week after last week’s revelation of an Oberlin professor’s anti-Semitic Facebook rants and the college’s poor response to it. Protest this anti-Semitism at Oberlin College!
As reported last Wednesday by The Tower, Oberlin Prof. Joy Karega’s Facebook page was discovered to be filled with years’ worth of posts promoting many traditional anti-Semitic claims: that Jews were behind the 9/11 attacks, that Jews control the world’s banks and own the “news, the media, your oil, and your government.”
In response to the revelation, Oberlin President Marvin Krislov issued the following statement:
Oberlin College respects the rights of its faculty, students, staff, and alumni to express their personal views. Acknowledgement of this right does not signal institutional support for, or endorsement of, any specific position. The statements posted on social media by Dr. Joy Karega, assistant professor of rhetoric and composition, are hers alone and do not represent the views of Oberlin College.
Criticism immediately followed.
Renowned Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz said,
If Karega had expressed comparably bigoted views about Blacks, Muslims or gays, the President of Oberlin would not have posted the boilerplate he posted. He would have condemned those views, even if he defended her right to express them.
Members of Oberlin Alumni Against Antisemitism arranged to discuss their concerns with administrators. This followed an “Open Letter to College President Krislov” and the rest of the Oberlin community that they published in January, outlining a number of anti-Semitic incidents at the college, and noting that they were “troubled by the continued intimidation of Jewish students and the many other forms of anti-Semitism occurring on campus.”
As they further wrote in an email published on the blog Legal Insurrection, they have “begun to document all incidents of anti-Semitism at Oberlin by collecting testimonials from alumni and current students. As of today, that list is five pages in length and includes physical intimidation, verbal harassment, and vandalism.”
The document that was five pages long is, as of today, is 30 pages long.
With files from The Algemeiner.
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