New Minority Label At CUNY: ‘Jewish’

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The following is from the NY Post:

Something isn’t kosher about a CUNY scheme to single out Jews, angry professors charge.

Touting a move to make its faculty more diverse, CUNY administrators have broken out Jews into a separate minority group: “White/Jewish.”

CUNY insists “some faculty” want the label, instead of being lumped in as just white. But the theistic tag has outraged both Jewish and non-Jewish professors, and sparked a furor.

“This is, as far as I know, the first time a religion has been introduced into any affirmative-action document,” said David Gordon, a history professor at Bronx Community College and the Graduate Center. “What would the response be to a category ‘White/Methodist?’ Silly? Irrelevant?”

“It’s an insult and idiotic,” said Hershey Friedman, deputy chairman of the Finance and Business Management Department at Brooklyn College. “Most Jews are brown-skinned. We also have black Jews and Asian Jews. Once you mix religion with race you’re opening a Pandora’s box — and you look stupid.”

The new White/Jewish category is discussed in a report on CUNY’s Diversity Action Plan, issued last month by CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. The plan is aimed at boosting the recruitment and inclusion of minorities.

CUNY targets Italian-Americans for affirmative action in response to lawsuits alleging bias.

CUNY spokesman Michael Arena explained: “In addition to a group organized for white faculty, some faculty expressed a strong affinity and need for a focus group comprised of Jewish faculty members. Such a group was assembled, and it contributed to the effort of gathering facts and opinions from a wide cross section of groups at CUNY campuses.”

But Jewish professors told The Post that marking them as Jews won’t make them the chosen people on campus — and may even shrink their ranks if Jews are found to be “overrepresented.”

“White,” said a Jewish professor at Kingsborough Community College, “is in every way a detriment to be categorized because of the push to hire minorities.”

An Irish-Catholic professor at Lehman College quipped: “I can get yellow stars to put on my colleagues’ arms,” referring to the badges that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi-occupied Europe.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Hmm…
    What is our definition? Religious, or National/Ethnic?
    We have been tortured many years for our religion. Over 100 years ago many of us decided to go for a National/Ethnic identity. They thought that would solve the old problems.
    70 years ago they were prooven dead wrong. We were persecuted for our ethnicity worse than anything we went through before.
    But, honestly, what is our real identity? Mabey we have to make a choice for ourselves? Which one should we choose? What do we really beleive in?

  2. “Theistic tag”?! What is “theistic” about “Jewish”?

    “This is, as far as I know, the first time a religion has been introduced into any affirmative-action document,” said David Gordon

    “Jewish” is a nationality, not a religion. Most Jewish professors have no religion, probably including this Gordon fellow.

    But Jewish professors told The Post that marking them as Jews won’t make them the chosen people on campus — and may even shrink their ranks if Jews are found to be “overrepresented.”

    Would that happen if blacks were “overrepresented”?!