Friday, February 13, 2015

Fanatical antisemite tells UNC-Chapel Hill audience that "civility" is a racist term

But hating Jews is OK, apparently

More than 100 students, faculty, administrators, and political activists packed a lecture hall at UNC-Chapel Hill last Thursday to hear controversial indigenous studies professor Steven Salaita speak about academic freedom and censorship. 

Salaita has become a celebrity of sorts. Last summer, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign rescinded its job offer to Salaita after he posted a series of caustic (or, as my colleague George Leef has described them, “astoundingly nasty”) anti-Israel tweets. 

While most of the Chapel Hill audience cheered at various points during Salaita’s speech and seemed to be star-struck by his presence, one audience member voiced strong dissent. During the Q & A session, a man who described himself as a Jewish UNC employee referred to one of Salaita’s infamous tweets, which stated, “At this point, if Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised?”

Earlier in his speech, Salaita claimed that those who refer to his tweets as “uncivil” are actually perpetuating deep-seated “colonial” racism. According to the professor, the word “civility,” as it has been used in the context of post-16th century North American civilization, “sets up a hierarchy that distinguishes between those who are capable of entering into modernity and those who are incapable of entering into such a passage.” Salaita said that University of Illinois administrators were unaware of those New World, “racist” connotations. “They thought ‘civility’ was [an] innocuous word.”



Stan B said...

"Civility" is exactly what he says it is - a judgement on the ability of people to have a reasonable and sometimes impassioned discussion in a "civilized" manner. It is not the Western World's fault that most of the things which are considered necessary for civilized society - rational thought, mutual respect, restraint from personal insult - seem to be pretty much universal ideals.

Anonymous said...

Civility is everything that Political Correctness pretends to be.

Bird of Paradise said...

Another intellectiual knownothing wit a big mouth and a pea sized brain Its enough they wasted money on this idiot