Durham Wonderland blog writer thinks political correctness is bad for Israel by Jay Knott (03/08/13) ⇌ (Exaggeration of Hate Crimes)
My main disagreement with Johnson is that he somehow thinks political correctness on campus opposes pro-Israel attitudes rather than assists them:
"The college’s apparent disinterest in the academic freedom of its students reinforced an impression that a fear of antagonizing powerful anti-Israel forces on campus guided the administration’s approach to the case."
Say what? In reality, Zionists used the same kind of language that the African American studies hacks and their followers used to try to frame up the Duke three: "hostility towards the vast majority of Jewish students at BC… the department’s sponsorship serves to condone and legitimize anti-Jewish bigotry… a hostile environment for Jewish students on our campus..." etc..
I just added this comment to Johnson's blog posting:
I usually agree with K.C. Johnson, have read the Duke book, and used it in a semi-academic paper I wrote about fake hate crimes.
But it puzzles me how K.C. can reconcile his exposures of the excesses of 'political correctness' with criticism of Brooklyn College's hosting of speakers from the 'boycott Israel' movement (see above blog post).
Dishonest p.c. language was employed by defenders of Israel, not critics of it: "the department’s sponsorship serves to condone and legitimize anti-Jewish bigotry, creating a hostile environment for Jewish students on our campus". This is just the kind of language used by the African American studies people who said the Duke three were guilty, and numerous other examples of the totalitarian campus left.
K.C. claims there are "powerful anti-Israel forces on campus". They are not as powerful as the pro-Israel voices who produced the above-cited hyperbole!
Correction: He did.