SPACA is honored to be quoted in the New York Times showing our support behind the nomination of Mr. Kenneth Marcus for assistant secretary for civil rights in the Education Department. His efforts to promote equality for students not only in our communities, but of from all walks of life, will be a welcome addition to conversation about discrimination at our nation's colleges and universities.
An Advocate for Israel Draws Fire as He Nears Confirmation to Civil Rights Post
WASHINGTON — Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison had gathered last spring to consider a resolution calling on the university to divest in companies and countries that abuse human rights, profit from the “military-industrial complex” and promote fossil fuels when the debate jumped the rails.
Soon, the students were in a full-scale battle over whether the resolution should cover Israel, with charges of anti-Semitism and racism rattling the room. A student representative who was Jewish said that the last-minute inclusion of Israel “crossed the line from legitimate conversation to a point where I consider it malicious.”