Posted by Gary Fouse at 1:48 PM
"One person's hate speech is another person's education"
The below report is the UC Irvine 2011-2012 Report on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion, a group set up by UC President Mark Yudof in response to numerous complaints of religious and ethnic harassment on UC campuses. Included in the report are paragraphs regarding complaints of anti-Semitism, the annual anti-Israel hate fest (note how the report characterizes it) and complaints against a newly established student group called Ex-Muslims and Critics of Islam (ECI).
"Each year the student organization sponsors a 4-day program that examines the
life of the Palestinian people and the political dynamics of the region."
How about speakers who say, "You can take the Jew out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the Jew." (Mohammed al Asi), or "Rupert Murdoch-straight up Zionist Jew." (Amir Abdel Malik Ali)? How about a cartoon caricature of Ariel Sharon on that Apartheid Wall in the style of Julius Streicher's Der Stuermer? How about Jewish students getting their cameras shoved in their faces? How about Jewish students who complained being advised to seek psychological therapy or being told that "one person's hate speech is another person's education"? I've been writing about this stuff for years. I wrote my concerns to that EEO office at UCI as well as that joke of a Cross Cultural Center which was so complimented in the report.
"These achievements are testaments to the dedication of our campus community to ensure that
we continue to make a difference in our community, the state, the nation and the world. "
Frankly, this report strikes me as a self-congratulatory white paper.