When confronted with racial activism, rather than labeling it as overdramatic and annoying, consider that people of color have been fighting systems of oppression since the day they were born. And understand that their anger, no matter how aggressive, no matter how radical, and no matter repetitive, is justified.
Etchemendy’s comments prove that the university administration is out of touch with the conversations that have already been happening on campus and the struggle for justice worldwide. We have already transcended dialogue, and we’re ready for change.
Dialogue already exists on this campus. Resources are already available for those who want to learn. What this campus needs more of is not dialogue, but action. Not silence, but justice.
Crying wolf on anti-semitism stifles legitimate open discussion and renders the term ‘anti-semitism’ severely weakened. As Jews, we must be vigilant in fighting anti-semitism on campus. We must be equally vigilant in fighting the abuse and misuse of the term.
Our concern for Jewish students does not reflect a belief that our pain is greater or more important than the pain of any other group. Everyone should be alarmed by the discomfort and alienation of any group of Stanford students.
We are alarmed at the university administration’s blatant misconduct in this process, and we expect that Stanford will correct the situation immediately. We believe that the only reasonable remedy is an entirely new review for SJP’s divestment request, from which Weinstein should recuse herself.
Hartung and Malinas are correct that we need to discuss more and better solutions for Palestinian human rights. However, divestment and naive “solutions” offered by J Street set us all back. The Palestinians, and those who support them, need also to account for their own historical missteps and figure out what they did wrong.
The intolerance perpetuated by individuals and institutions alike against all students, Jews and non-Jews alike, who support divestment is a problem. These institutions need to start rethinking their policies and their purposes if they don’t want to alienate the new generation of thinkers and activists and find themselves on the wrong side of history.