UC struggles with bias claims raised by Jews, Muslims: Some Muslim students feel their rights are being suppressed and some Jewish students think anti-Israel protests on campus have become anti-Semitic.
UC students and others — how welcome do you feel at your school?
Photo: Participants at a 2011 protest tape their mouths to illustrate what they believe is a 1st Amendment issue involving 11 Muslim demonstrators accused of disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador at UC Irvine. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times
Bigotry towards Muslims and Jews exists at every level of society, college is no exception.
College is this very strange and perhaps wonderful portion of our life, for many of us it is the very first opportunity that we’re allowed to rigorously explore our identities at our leisure (ideally or rather, we get to explore at a level that is NOT simply a paragraph in your AP World History course.) Solid communities are formed, ideas are dispersed, people of differing backgrounds coalesce towards something and sometimes what’s lost is out ability to communicate with individuals who are working towards that something. With that said, I have not read the report so I cannot comment on the specifics but I’m wary of making any strong assertions outside of those I made above because the UC and Mark Yudof are run by awful people who do awful things to save face.