By Dion Pierre
Recent events in higher education have led many
to conclude that college campuses are hubs of anti-Semitism.
Stanford University student and resident
assistant Hamzeh Daoud declared in July 2018 his intent to “physically
fight Zionists on campus.” Oberlin College professor Joy Karega asserted in
November 2016 that U.S. intelligence agencies conspired with Israel to commit
the Charlie Hebdo massacre. In April 2018, Professor Kwame Zulu Shabazz of Knox
College tweeted that Jews are
“pulling the strings for profit.”
Stories like these make Victor Davis Hanson’s observation that “colleges
are becoming the incubators of progressive hatred of Jews” ring true. Higher
education is helping to make anti-Semitism respectable again.
Most coverage of anti-Semitism on campus has
focused on leftist and pro-Palestinian student groups such as the Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions movement. Yet as National Association of Scholars
President Peter W. Wood and I discovered while researching “neo-Segregation” in higher education,
campus anti-Semitism also stems from “woke” black activism.
“Woke” politics is a radical ideology with roots
in a strain of black nationalism that rejected the Civil Rights movement’s goal
to promote racial integration throughout American society.
To be woke means to become “radically
aware and justifiably paranoid,” convinced that insidious actors and
institutions contrive to keep black America down. It means believing that
whites participate in “structural racism” which is both seen and unseen, and
which bears the blame for blacks’ falling test scores, scant presence in elite
colleges, and overrepresentation in America’s inmate population.
Wokeness’s paranoia of whites is epistemically
structured similarly to Jew hatred, priming black nationalists to articulate
anti-Semitism as they would anti-whiteness. Malcolm X’s autobiography, which described
his conversion to the Nation of Islam, was especially effective in spreading
anti-Semitism. “Look at practically everything the black is trying to
integrate,” X wrote, “if Jews are not the actual owners, or are not in
controlling positions, then they have major stockholdings [sic] or they are
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