Anti-Semitic and racist "protests" by American students.
...Identity politics takes over representation of members of their group as ultimate victims of society. As such victims, they demand benefits from their victimhood and see any criticism as intolerant hate speech. How is it possible that you can criticize a victim who fights for their life? Wouldn’t the victim always be right, and whatever they did – all is justified?
In November 2015, I got caught up in the midst of some violent student protests at one of the East Coast Ivy League universities. The protests started because someone had not banned Halloween costumes, which could have offended the feelings of some minorities. It quickly escalated into a powerful, though sometimes grotesque unrest on the ground of racial and gender identity politics. Students organized a “primal scream”. Marchers cried, screamed and berated their professors.
At other colleges, all the Whites were asked to leave the student center to grant the people of color a safe space....
Activists demanded to dilute the too "White" faculty, to introduce mandatory courses on "cultural and racial tolerance", to remove from the list of works of the University of "dead white men" and replace them with the works of blacks, women and gay authors.
I tried to engage, but got yelled at and told to get out, the White old male heterosexual. When I told them that I was also an immigrant from Israel, they shouted at me in explicit anti-Semitic statements, screaming “How many Palestinians have you killed?”.
I got a similar reaction, when I tried to talk to protesters at Columbia University and the New York University.
The whole generation of college administrators and lecturers has grown a on the concept of intersectionality (unity of interests of all oppressed minorities against the White-male-hetero-cis privileges). For half a century, along with serious research, whole departments of racial, African-American, female, gender and other studies have been developing ideologies, concepts and platforms of identity discourse and preparing their cadres.
The “new” in these protests was, that the Islamist identity was openly added to the list of persecuted intersectional racial and gender minorities. Islamist, because Islamism is an implementation of Muslim religious identity in politics.
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Michael Dorfman (Russian-American-Israeli journalist)