NEW Op-Ed: Antisemitism on campus is no surprise

On November 16, Buckley Institute Founder and Executive Director Lauren Noble ’11 published an op-ed in The Washington Times on the connection between Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts on campus and the recent surge in antisemitism. 

“This column has been edited to remove unsubstantiated claims that Hamas raped women and beheaded men.”

So declared the Yale Daily News “correction” to Yale sophomore Sahar Tartak’s column. 

“Believe all women” apparently doesn’t apply to Jewish women.

But this really shouldn’t surprise anyone. The recent surge in antisemitism on campus that has shocked America and driven major donors from the Ivy League is a direct result of the diversity, equity and inclusion policies our universities have championed for years.

Yale and other elite universities have long been going out of their way to attract students and faculty who are activists first. In February 2018, a Yale admissions officer wrote that not only would high school students who are suspended for walking out in support of the liberal cause of the day not be penalized in their applications, but stated that Yale “expects” applicants to be “versed in issues of social justice.”

These social justice criteria lead universities to admit students and recruit faculty who minimize or even celebrate terrorism and mass atrocities. 

A recent Buckley Institute survey shows that 45% of American college students support violence to stop hate speech. This year’s result was the tightest agree-disagree margin in seven years of asking this question. It’s not difficult to imagine what atrocities enforcers of campus groupthink will support for those they consider oppressors.

The events of the past few weeks have offered a wake-up call to donors that is long overdue. Many are publicly closing their wallets. This is a welcome development, but a comprehensive reevaluation of the priorities of universities across our country must follow. DEI and the idolization of activism have emboldened antisemitism on campus.

Read the full op-ed here