Beach Hillel appreciates CSULB’s president, Dr. Jane Conoley’s statement below, condemning anti-Semitism on campus:
Over the past few weeks, our campus has been violated by hateful symbols of white supremacy that particularly target Jews. This vandalism is directly opposed to our community values of inclusion and equity. We are one of the most diverse universities in the nation and must strive to be a model of civil discourse that promotes an appreciation of our differences and our similarities.
Most on campus are too young to remember the horrors of World War II and the mid-20th century struggles to achieve civil rights for people of color in the United States. Unhappily, despite the commitment of so many to work for equity, inclusion and peace, we continue to live in a world fraught with genocidal conflicts and appalling human rights violations.
Historical accounts of efforts to dominate others on the basis of skin color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, class, age, or different abilities should serve as cautionary tales. These efforts most often end badly for perpetrators as well as victims.
I urge all on campus to both speak the language of inclusion and create lives of inclusion. Any efforts to marginalize or demonize particular groups have direct, indirect, and often far reaching consequences by encouraging hateful acts. We’re better than that.
I’ve asked our University Police Department to investigate instances of vandalism aggressively. Defacement of university property will be vigorously prosecuted.
Jane Close Conoley, Ph.D.