Another Anti-Racism Training Scheduled for Yom Kippur

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Yesterday I posted about the ‘racial equity’ training scheduled for Yom Kippur (with bonus antisemitic speaker). Today I discover they are not alone.

Brooklyn College — which was recently ripped for campus anti-Semitism — scheduled “implicit bias training” for staffers on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year when many of the faithful do not work.

The training is mandated for those who serve on job search committees with one of the four Zoom sessions set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, the morning of Yom Kippur.

“This biases the process against observant Jews and secular Jews who typically attend services on this one day of the year.  Such Jews are afforded only three meeting opportunities, while all others are afforded four,” one Jewish professor said. “That sounds like implicit bias to me. Imagine, if that was done to a group that is viewed as a disadvantaged minority.”

Brooklyn College, which is part of the public City University of New York system, recently got a failing grade from the group StopAntisemitism. The report found that “Students feel the administration turns a blind eye to Jew-hatred” and they “DO NOT feel safe, saying they need to hide their Jewish identity as well as their support for Israel.”

CUNY was also the subject of a recent complaint filed with the US Department of Education alleging it has become a “pervasively hostile environment for Jewish students.”

‘Implicit bias’ training whose scheduling reveals implicit bias against Jews. Meta.

True, they are offering other time options, but it is still insensitive and not a good look. And as the Jewish professor said, imagine if that was done to a group that is viewed as a disadvantaged minority.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media