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 One of them, Steven Salaita, had a job offer rescinded after the discovery of these tweets: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.”
Prof ‘Happy The Witch’ Barbara Bush ‘Is Dead’
After former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away, Fresno State professor Randa Jarrar tweeted that she is “happy the witch is dead,” according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Not even a few hours after Barbara Bush passed away on Tuesday, Fresno State professor Randa Jarrar called her an “amazing racist” who raised a “war criminal” and then said “PSA: either you are against these pieces of shit and their genocidal ways or you’re part of the problem. That’s actually how simple this is.”
“I’m happy the witch is dead,” she said. “Can’t wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise the way 1.5 million Iraqis have. Byyyeeeeeeeee.” Now, professors have free speech, sure, but what about the freedom of students? The problem with comments like these is that you can bet Jarrar would punish or has punished students who say anything pro-Bush and if that’s a microaggression, praising Trump would probably be — what, a macroaggression?
The professor bragged “I work as a tenured professor. I make 100k a year doing that. I will never be fired. I will always have people wanting to hear what I have to say.” I think she means she’ll always have people who are forced to hear what she has to say because of a policy that prohibits Fresno State from firing her no matter how popular she is. Though not necessarily…a Fresno State admin clarified that tenured professors still could be fired. Anyway, after getting some feedback on her scholarly critique, the professor tweeted out what she claimed was her phone number but was actually the number for a crisis hotline at another university. Because the compassionate left really cares about people who are suicidal and actually need help.
Jefferson Statue Vandalized On His Birthday
Students at the University of Virginia woke up to find a statue of their school’s founder, Thomas Jefferson, vandalized with the words “racist” and “rapist” on April 13th, the Founding Father’s birthday, reported NBC29. Because in the current year 2018, this is how progressives express gratitude for the man who built the framework for the society that gives them so much freedom. Now, let’s put aside for the moment the fact that this is illegal and if tolerated will eventually lead to anarchy — the left doesn’t really care about the law and thinks only in the short-term like a chubby kid who wants double dessert.
But ALSO like infants, these activists don’t understand this little thing called “context.” Jefferson’s views and actions weren’t out of the ordinary for his time period and he in fact took steps to stop the spread of slavery, believing in a gradual liberation. But don’t tell that to Charlottesville activists, who made the Jefferson statue the site of another white supremacy protest last year.
Charlottesville covered its Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson statues last year after the “Unite the Right” rally, but that wasn’t good enough for insatiable crybullies, who also decided to cover the JEFFERSON statue and put up a sign saying “Black Lives Matter. Fuck White Supremacy.”
Religion Prof: Believing In God Is Immoral
Meet Dr. Jarrod Whitaker, a religion and gender studies professor at Wake Forest University, argues that believing in God is not only irrational, but also immoral, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
An unnamed Catholic student of his recently came forward and said Whitaker would constantly “explain why Christian theology is problematic, racist, sexist, imperialist, and fundamentally evil. His point was specifically that Christianity is in a position of power, everything came down to who is in a position of power and how we can problematize that.”
It never ceases to fascinate me how leftists criticize the very thing they love the most: power. Maybe they think that because they, in their infinite compassion, abuse power, so must everyone else.
Anyways, the Catholic student said Whitaker’s “position was that it was not only illogical to believe in God. He said that to believe in God is one of the most immoral things you can do, and to believe there is an objective Truth is the most tremendous evil that is responsible for all the great suffering in the world.”
Now, responding to his alleged bias, Whitaker gave a pretty boilerplate response, saying critical inquiry can cause distress but that he “at all times reaffirm[s] [his] students’ religious convictions, while asking them to think through their own beliefs with a critical, analytical, and self-reflexive perspective.”
This is cultural Marxism. If my ideology can’t hope to make people as prosperous, civilized, and egalitarian as yours, I’ll just conveniently ignore the metrics you use and attribute your success to the exploitation of others. And there’s the rub: if normal forms of measurement like logic and reason fail cultural Marxists, they’ll just redefine concepts like equality and diversity or create completely new systems by which they can give their own ideas points.
And when you don’t obey their rules, you better get ready for the ad hominems, like Wake Forest conservative student Ryan Wolfe, who was rewarded for his conservative beliefs by getting called a “mayonnaise monster-looking ass.”
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