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    White/Jewish

    Not a JDate ad, a new “minority classification” at the City University of New York, and some who prefer to stick with preexisting minority classifications are not happy:

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

    “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.

    A steering committee led by Joyce Moy, director of CUNY’s Asian Research  Institute, ran faculty focus groups based on “identity.” The groups included “African-American/black, Asian, White/Jewish, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender,  Hispanic/Latino, Individuals with disabilities, and Italian-American.”

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

    “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.”

    How is it any different from African-American?

    True story. We had a student live with us who had a South African mother and an American father. She grew up in South Africa, but had dual passports. She was African-American. And as pale white as Elizabeth Warren.

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    katiejane | June 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Pretty soon the only unemphasized minority available to be pandered to will be the actual basic American.

    […] the future, everybody will be a minority for 15 minutes.  City University of New York now has White/Jewish category for its faculty.  And if CUNY decides to break off Jews into a […]


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