A Campus Expert on Equity and Social Justice Labeled a “Dirty Zionist” for Hosting a Talk about Anti-Semitism https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/politics-current-affairs/2023/04/a-campus-expert-on-equity-and-social-justice-labeled-a-dirty-zionist-for-hosting-a-talk-about-anti-semitism/

April 21, 2023 | Tabia Lee
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Tabia Lee describes herself as “a black woman with decades of experience teaching in public schools and leading workshops on diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism”—exactly the sort of person whom De Anza Community College would hire for the position of faculty director for the Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education. But after merely two years, Lee was fired for not holding to a sufficiently extreme and uncompromising view of what social justice entails. Among the many accusations leveled against her, and taken seriously by her employers, was excessive sympathy with Jews:

When I brought Jewish speakers to campus to address anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, some of my critics branded me a “dirty Zionist” and a “right-wing extremist.” When I formed the Heritage Month Workgroup, bringing together community members to create a multifaith holiday and heritage-month calendar, the De Anza student government voted to support this effort. However, my officemates and dean explained to me that such a project was unacceptable, because it didn’t focus on “decentering whiteness.”

When I later sought the support of our academic senate for the Heritage Month project, one opponent asked me if it was “about all the Jewish-inclusion stuff you have been pushing here,” and argued that the senate shouldn’t support the Heritage Month Workgroup efforts, because I was attempting to “turn our school into a religious school.” The senate president deferred to this claim, and the workgroup was denied support.

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