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Calvin Freiburger

How to Resist the Nazism on Campus

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Posted on July 8 2010 4:00 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.
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The fallout from Jumanah Imad Albahri’s May statements in support of Jewish genocide and similar incidents isn’t quite finished. United Press International reports that Jewish groups have sent a joint statement to the University of California challenging them to do more about anti-Semitism in their midst:

In a June 28 letter to Mark Yudof, the university president, the coalition said many Jewish students report “an environment of harassment and intimidation.” The groups involved include the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Conservative and Orthodox leadership committees.

The university has formed a UC Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion designed to deal with reports of actions aimed at various ethnic groups, including Swastika graffiti at the Davis campus and a “Compton Cookout” held off campus in San Diego that made fun of Black History Month. But the coalition in its letter said there should be steps taken specifically to deal with anti-Semitism.

The letter also cited speakers invited to campus who denounce Israel. The Muslim Students Union was suspended for a year at the Irvine campus for disrupting a speech by an Israeli diplomat.

As long as they focus on actual bigotry and not politically-correct witch hunts, letters like this are useful for keeping the public aware of what’s going on in academia. However, simply asking UC to police itself better and expecting it to be enough to solve the problem would be kind of like asking a fox to guard the henhouse: it puts too much trust in a system infused with many incentives to do the opposite.

Lone acts of individual hatred, like a swastika on a door, are inevitably going to happen from time to time regardless of what UC does, but the bigger stuff—sanctioned events, extremism from recognized campus groups—is promoted or enabled by faculty and staff who either agree with it, or at least are ideologically predisposed to let it happen.  Israel-hating radicals sympathetic to radical Islam are obvious culprits, but those gripped by less-monstrous forms of leftist dogma, like political correctness and multiculturalism, allow ethnic and religious hatred to run wild simply because they can’t bring themselves to give “judgmentalism” a foot in the door by admitting that not all speech or cultures are morally equal.

Bring public pressure to bear on the culture of the faculty and administration, and we might get somewhere. But until then, don’t expect American academia to clean itself up anytime soon.

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Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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