The Bigotry of "Intersectionality"

(Gatestone Institute) Alan M. Dershowitz - Intersectionality - the radical academic theory which holds that all forms of social oppression are inexorably linked - has become a code word for anti-American, anti-Western, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic bigotry. On college campuses, intersectionality has forced artificial coalitions between causes that have nothing to do with each other except a hatred for their fellow students who are "privileged" because they are white, heterosexual, male and especially Jewish. Flyers were recently plastered around the University of Illinois (UIC) campus stating: "ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege." This practice resembles the vile, anti-Semitic propaganda of the 1930s, when Der Spiegel blamed so-called disproportionate Jewish wealth for Germany's losing WWI and the country's subsequent economic downturn. Most successful Jews, like most successful people of other religions and ethnicities, earned this success by hard work, not special privilege. Despite finishing first in my class at Yale Law School, I was rejected by all 32 of the law firms to which I applied. The linking of unrelated "victimizations," despite their tenuous connections, leads to the forming of alliances between causes that at best, have nothing to do with each other. Their only common feature is that to join, they must demonize the nation-state of the Jewish people. The essence of anti-Semitism is the bigoted claim that if there is a problem, then Jews must be its cause. All decent people must join in calling out intersectionality for what it is: a euphemism for anti-American, anti-Semitic and anti-Israel bigotry. The writer is professor emeritus of Harvard Law School.

2017-03-31 00:00:00

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