NAZARIAN: Antisemitic Campus Protests Expose DEI’s Failure. Here’s An Alternative That Actually Works.

American college campuses are engulfed by a wave of revolutionary fervor that is eerily reminiscent of what I was feeling. spotted in iran During the Islamic Revolution.

If the vast “diversity, equity, and inclusion” bureaucracies on college campuses were truly interested in promoting inclusivity and harmony, let alone the values ​​of Western civilization, they would take a loud and forceful stance against the rioters. exclusion of Jewish students from public places, and chanting for their annihilation. Instead, DEI officials have remained conspicuously silent. It’s part of a common pattern.

DEI over and over again ignore the jews — If you’re lucky. DEI is often hostile position Condemnation against Jews and Israel. Dr. Tavia Lee, former DEI director at a California university and senior fellow at Do No Harm, said: Recently he told meIn the critical social justice orthodoxy that DEI upholds, the world is organized along a spectrum of oppression. The position of each identity group on that spectrum is defined primarily by its perceived power relative to other groups.

For American Jews, a social justice framework means that overrepresentation in high-status professions like medicine must have occurred due to injustice and exploitation. For Israel, it means responsibility for the human suffering in the war started by Hamas.

please think about it. His DEI program coordinator at the University of Maryland publicly defended Hamas as a legitimate political party.demonized” by the West. His DEI director at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry emailed the following article to the student body: Glorifying the Palestinian Intifada (i.e. terrorist activity). A University of Minnesota professor has emerged as a top candidate for DEI. publicly deny Hamas fighters Sexual assault on October 7th.

These examples may be particularly ugly and extreme, but they are emblematic of a larger phenomenon. heritage foundation report We observed that 96 percent of Twitter content (likes, posts, and reposts) created by DEI employees on Israeli topics was critical. Of the attention directed toward Israel, China received only a third, and her 62% of content directed toward China was positive.

Equally striking and alarming is the pattern of DEI officials and their allies only defending free speech when it comes to Jews and Israel. DEI generally stifles freedom of expression And it creates a climate where people fear that even the slightest “microaggression” can lead to serious personal or professional consequences. But when it comes to Jews and Israel, DEI officials suddenly morph into free speech absolutists, calling violations an “act,” as three infamous university presidents made it out to be in Congress. insist that it should be raised to the same level. For example, at the University of Wisconsin, the director of DEI called on Jewish students to:Energetic and honest discussion.” after anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered on campus.

The good news is Despite efforts to silence DEI opponents, Americans, especially in the Jewish community, are beginning to wake up to the illiberal toxicity of DEI. dramatic corporate withdrawal DEI Spending and Recent important segments of “The Daily Show,” which leans reliably left, offers a particularly strong indicator of where things are heading.

As DEI retreats, what happens next? Coleman Hughes, a young black conservative who has rightfully risen to stardom with his vision for progress, implores us:It is the conscious disregard of race as a reason for special treatment of individuals and as a category on which public policy is based. ” In other words, do the opposite of DEI. and focuses on people as individuals rather than members of identity groups.

This value system can be institutionalized within companies, schools, and government agencies. I call it DTALE “Diversity of Thought and Life Experience.”

Humans are complex, beautiful, and unique beings in their values ​​and life experiences. We should refuse to essentialize racial, ethnic, or sexual identity groupings and instead recognize the value of a diversity of values ​​and mutually shared lenses through which we view the world.

Diversity of thought and experience helps combat groupthink and instead fosters a robust and open marketplace of ideas. Concepts like American exceptionalism and meritocracy will trump the cynicism and racial hierarchies imposed by DEI, and the better angels of our nature will surely prevail.

Of course, DEI proponents don’t see things that way. For them, the solution is always to increase his DEI. rising Jew-hatred At UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine, the dean promised Strengthening DEI efforts to combat anti-Semitism. Similarly, a law in Tennessee that would have banned his DEI at public universities stalled for some reason. Letter from the Jewish Federation of Knoxville Demonstrate your support for DEI.

This is a dead end. Jews will only be disappointed if they seek special protections under a DEI regime. Our best hope for fighting anti-Semitism is to realize the worldview preached by Coleman Hughes: instead of competing in the oppression Olympics, we should strive to build a future in which Jews are treated as individuals according to the content of their character.

DTALE, not DEI, is the way forward.

Dr. Sheila Nazarian is a prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and star of the Emmy-nominated Netflix original series Skin Decisions: Before and After.

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