Today’s paragraphs come to us from Adam Kredo’s latest article at freebeacon.com, and concern a topic I find myself covering more and more frequently: overt anti-Semitism on college campuses.
Here is how Mr. Kredo starts his article – but please use the link I’ve provided to read the rest, because there’s plenty more to digest and think about:
Outrage is mounting in the Jewish and pro-Israel communities at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee after a 26-year-old student at the school protested an event celebrating Israeli Independence Day with signs displaying swastikas and calls for Jewish students to be gassed, speech the university says is protected and cannot be stopped.
Kristian Gresham, reported to be “a 26-year-old man with a documented history of aggressive, racist, and criminal behavior, demonstrated last week before a group of Jewish and pro-Israel students while holding signs that featured swastikas and a call to gas Jewish students,” according to an online petition condemning the display.
Gresham’s actions—the latest in a spate of anti-Semitic incidents on U.S. college campuses—have sparked concerns for the safety of the Jewish community at UWM, one of the most diverse campuses in the state, and put the school’s administration in the position of defending Gresham’s right to free speech, even if that speech is threatening to Jews.
Got that? An overt anti-Semite with a history of criminal activity (later in the article we find out that it dates back to 2013) puts up that sign on campus…
…and the the school administration figures out a way to defend it.
That’s right. Defend it. Here is University Chancellor, mark mone’s rationale:
“We are a large, urban public university that will always be a forum for the free exchange of ideas—even when those ideas are hateful or repugnant and challenge our thinking in dreadfully unsettling ways.”
Does that do it for you? I’m guessing the answer is no, which is to say I’m guessing you are not a sick, Jew-hating imbecile.
Another question: do you think mone would have said the same thing if some racist idiot with a criminal history put up a sign at a celebration of Martin Luther King’s birthday with a Black man hanging from a noose?
Or do you think he would then notice the school’s own code of conduct – specifically Conduct Policy 18.11, which states that “No person may engage in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which the conduct to cause or provoke a disturbance, in university buildings or on university lands”?
We both know the answer, don’t we?
And, as bad as this is, it, lamentably, is not – repeat, NOT – an isolated incident. As chronicled here and in other blogs it is an ongoing fact of campus life in many universities around the country.
And make no mistake: kristan gresham’s of naziism making a comeback, this time in the United States, has the potential to be more than a wistful fantasy.
As long as the mark mones of the world look the other way, and mainstream media would rather lie about what Donald Trump actually said in Charolottesville than address the real and growing, anti-Semitism threat in this country, the answer is yes.
I award Adam Kredo Paragraphs Of The Day honors for bringing the latest example of this ugly reality to our attention….and fully expect that it will take very little time for him to find more just like it.