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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Surprise: CUNY Trustees cave to PC police

It was inevitable. The PC police went after the CUNY Board of Trustees for daring to call out the Jew-hating Tony Kushner. CUNY Board President Benno Schmidt panicked before the onslaught and convened a meeting of the Trustees' executive committee (which includes only seven of the seventeen trustees who sit on the full board) for Monday night. Six of the seven dutifully voted to change the Board's mind and to grant Kushner an honorary degree.

The seventh trustee - Board President Schmidt - was 'out of the country' and did not show up. Jeffrey Wiesenfeld - who started the attempt to keep Kushner out and who is likely the subject of all sorts of threats - did not show up (and may not be on the Executive Committee). Those who did show for the meeting were so busy prostrating themselves in gratitude at the opportunity to repent for sinning against the thought police that they likely did not even pause to consider what their collapse meant (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
“At the end of the day,” said Kathleen M. Pesile, a trustee, “we are now correcting it because it benefits CUNY and we will not get another chance to remove this blemish.”

Mr. Schmidt, a former president of Yale University, called the meeting at the urging of CUNY’s chancellor, Matthew Goldstein, to rectify what Mr. Schmidt described in a statement Friday as “a mistake of principle, and not merely of policy,” in withholding the degree for Mr. Kushner from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The CUNY executive committee has the power to reconsider any decision of the 17-member board that would be detrimental to the university without immediate action.
Yes, in PC America, it would be 'detrimental to the university' to have the junk to stand up to the PC police.

Wiesenfeld plans to stay on CUNY's board.
Mr. Wiesenfeld did not attend the meeting on Monday, but his spokesman, Hank Sheinkopf, later said: “Jeffrey Wiesenfeld voted to take a principled position on what he considered to be unfair attacks on the State of Israel. He intends to remain on the board until the expiration of his term.”

Appointed in 1999 by Gov. George E. Pataki, Mr. Wiesenfeld has two years left in his term. Some faculty members and others have called for his removal; CUNY trustees can be removed only for official misconduct, neglect of duties, or mental and physical inability to perform duties.
I guess opposing the PC police is 'misconduct' in America too.

But what's worse is what lurks beneath the surface at CUNY. Phyllis Chesler reports on what she calls an 'anti-Semitic cancer' at Brooklyn College, which in my days in New York was crawling with night-time students who were in yeshivas during the day. As it happens, Chesler is a faculty member at CUNY.
An hour ago, a letter was emailed to CUNY’s Board of Trustees. The letter, below, defends trustee Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld and his point of view. This letter will be hand-delivered to every trustee later today. The initiators of this letter have chosen not to release the names of the signatories to the public; the likelihood of hate mail and death threats are too great to risk at this time.


Like other members of the left intelligentsia—who almost totally control academia and thus influence media, government, and the international “discourse,” Kushner is not viewed as having engaged in “hate speech” or in “racist” speech. Kushner’s support for a Palestinian “state,” which is a code-word for the destruction of the Jewish state, is viewed as both his academic and “free speech” right and as the revered and only opinion to hold. No other view is allowed, even though this view is based on a series of lies, misinformation, disinformation, and anti-Semitism.

Trustee Jeffrey Wiesenfeld defended Israel’s right to exist by speaking the truth about Israel, and for characterizing Kushner’s views accurately–for which he is now being demonized.

This entire episode proves how craven and conformist the western academy is, how it supports terrorism and Islamic gender and religious apartheid over the only modern, western-style democracy in the Middle East: The Jewish state. Okay, fine. But this group also wishes to be seen as a champion of liberty and tolerance for its very support of totalitarian misogyny—which is not so fine.
Read the whole thing. What a sick world. Someone ought to make Kushner read and watch this.

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At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and on the other side of the country, marvin hier and the museum of tolerance, honored tom cruise as the humanitarian of the year

purim was a month ago...but the world is still upside down

the whole kushner thing is a joke

i have never seen anyone whine so much over a fake degree

the man wrote a boring play about aids and a screenplay about the aftermath of munich, that had little to do with reality

and he is god's gift to literature?

his thoughts on israel and jews, show little insight

he is no different than all the other effeminate, whiny male leftists in america

let him have his faux degree...who cares

hopefully the prize includes a ticket to gaza...where he can face the same fate as vito, the dead terrorist

At 9:44 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I wasn't really surprised.

The only form of bigotry welcomed and embraced with open arms in Western academia today is anti-Semitism.

That CUNY reversed itself to embrace a Jewish anti-Semite says much about the moral infirmity of Western intellectuals.

They really do follow the herd!

At 2:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

..enabled by liberal American Jews who bend over backwards for left-wing self-hating JINO's (well, narcissistically self-hating) and Islamic thugs.


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