Caught In The Middle In New Campus Wars

Collision of racial justice, Israel, free speech issues putting Jewish students in bind.

12/08/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

In early November, Michael Stephenson, a Jewish sophomore at the University of Missouri, spent a night sleeping in the middle of campus alongside graduate student Jonathan Butler. Butler was on a hunger strike demanding the resignation of university President Tim Wolfe over how he handled a series of racist incidents on campus.

On Monday, 200 Columbia students gathered on the library steps to protest racial injustice and other issues. Michael Datikash/JW

In Humor Veritas

Humorist Andy Borowtz didn't mention The Donald by name but it's clear who he had in mind in his New Yorker blog today:

We Can't Turn Off Online Bigotry

"The relentless drumbeat of hateful content can desensitize Internet readers."

NPR's gift to its enemies

I haven't blogged about NPR's clumsy firing of commentator Juan Williams for saying he gets nervous when boarding an airplane when there are Muslims in line with him, mostly because I'm not exactly sure I think about the issue.

Sure, it's scapegoating and bigotry and inappropriate. Sure, I've felt the same way sometimes. It's hard to sort out.

What is clear: NPR's leadership didn't think through the consequences of their actions in firing him, and in the process gave their conservative opponents the best possible gift.

Media Watch: ‘There Is No More Molly’

Deadly fatwa turns journalist into a ‘ghost.’
10/04/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

If a mosque near Ground Zero is a national story, let alone a Jewish story — as is the proposed burning of a Koran by an obscure Florida pastor; as is the perceived surge in Islamophobia — with each of these stories inspiring endless Jewish statements, columns, and rabbinic sermons from here to Israel, then what are we to make of Molly Norris?

Is she a Jewish story, too?

And when so many in the media have so focused on how “moderate” an imam can be, what are we to make of Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki?

Seattle Weekly cartoonist Molly Norris.
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