by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
If the last three years have proven anything, it’s that America’s top universities are deeply sick, and “progressive” ideology is to blame.
In 2020, left-wing faculty made certain everyone knows that Black Lives Matter and shamed anyone who was skeptical of that Marxist-led organization. Flash forward to October 2023, and these same crusaders couldn’t care less about slaughtered, tortured, beheaded, and dismembered Israeli Jews — and we have it in writing.
Take the death of George Floyd in May 2020, an opioid addict with a “high tolerance for fentanyl” and a criminal history of drug abuse. Floyd died in police custody — with a “fatal level” of fentanyl in his body — after Minneapolis cops arrested him for buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill and forcefully held him to the ground for nearly nine minutes.
Floyd’s sad death was a controversial footnote to America’s decades-long struggle with drug addiction. But for race-obsessed cynics searching for a new election crisis — or a reason to burn down America’s cities — it was enough to make Floyd a Black Lives Matter icon martyred by Republican “white supremacists.”
Our Ivy League universities led the “progressive” movement to defeat systemic racism with dozens of statements decrying America’s slave-owning origins and systemic injustices. Now those same universities are amazingly quiet and nuanced about Hamas’ bloody murder of 1,300 women, children, and civilians.
The contrast is stunning.
“Mr. Floyd’s death follows a pattern of racial injustice that has become too familiar in our country and that amounts to a national emergency,” Yale University president Peter Salovey sermonized in an 800-word letter in May 2020 damning the “racism, nativism, and bigotry too pervasive in society today and throughout our country’s history.”
Compare that with Salovey’s letter three days after the 2023 Hamas attacks, blandly titled “War in the Middle East” and half the length of his Floyd opus. “[I] condemn the attacks by Hamas in the strongest possible terms,” he wrote, but let’s not forget (Salovey hastily added) that “non-militant Palestinians have been killed or displaced” as well as Israeli Jews.