Becoming Judenfrei at UC-Berkeley
Persecution is now cool! Nine different law school clubs at the University of California-Berkeley have now made it their official policy to ban all “pro-Zionist” speakers, and are doing so with the full support of the college administration.
And these are not groups that represent only a small percentage of the student population. They include Women of Berkeley Law, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Middle Eastern and North African Law Students Association, Law Students of African Descent and the Queer Caucus. Berkeley Law’s Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a progressive Zionist, has observed that he himself would be banned under this standard, as would 90% of his Jewish students.
Zionism has always been used by leftist hate-monger groups as a euphemism for Jew. Its meaning is generally unclear and vague, and in the end usually ends up covering anyone who is support of Israel’s existence. Since this opinion fits the description almost every Jew, banning Zionism essentially bans Jews.
The university’s support and backing of this anti-Semitic ban has come from Dean Chemerinsky himself, who admits he would be banned under these rules but in a rebuttal posted at the link above, expresses full support for the anti-Semitic policy of these clubs.
It is important to recognize that law student groups have free speech rights, including to express messages that I and others might find offensive.
Chemerinsky is not only being naive, he is being intellectually dishonest. The bans are not merely an expression of an offensive message, they are designed to censor and ban anyone who disagrees. He also claimed in his rebuttal that no Jewish student has been denied membership in any club, but that is also dishonest. I guarantee that if any Jewish student joined the Law Students of African Descent and the Queer Caucus, for example, and dared express in conversation support of Israel, that person would be kicked out forthwith.
That is of course assuming a white heterosexual Jew would even be welcome in this race-based and sexually-perverse club. We all know such a person would be instantly blackballed by these bigots.
The article at the link notes that such anti-Semitic bans have become increasingly common on college campuses in recent years, and lists a few examples. In my own blacklist column I have also documented a few examples, such as at SUNY-New Paltz, at USC, and at Linfield University in Oregon. Nor is this growing anti-Semitism limited to colleges. For example, parents in Los Angeles are fighting to prevent its school system from introducing a curriculum that is blatantly anti-Semitic. At this time we should not be hopeful they will win.
The goal of the left is to silence all debate. To do so, any dissenting opinions must be squashed, and thus, we see its on-going effort to censor and blackball conservatives on college campuses.
The left’s fundamental reliance on identity politics also means that some races and religions must be given special treatment, while other races and religions must be oppressed. The attempts to ban Jews and Christians from colleges demonstrates the left’s bigoted nature.
I wonder when decent Americans will finally recognize this bigotry, become properly outraged, and take action to stop it.
Based on the naive words of Dean Chemerinsky, however, I am not optimistic this will happen soon.