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Fighting antisemitism at Carthage and around the globe

By

Roger Moreano

June 02, 2021

The Office of Equity and Inclusion, along with members of the Carthage Equity and Inclusion Committee and concerned faculty, staff, and community members, condemn, in the strongest possible terms, antisemitism in all its despicable forms here at Carthage and around the globe.

During the 2020-21 year at Carthage, we saw several documented incidents of antisemitic graffiti on campus, which created fear on campus and violated the values and norms of our campus community.

Similarly, the last few years have seen a rise in anti-Jewish hate in America, which included the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va. in 2017 during which chants of “the Jews will not replace us” echoed throughout the University of Virginia’s campus. In 2018, the Tree of Life synagogue was the target of a mass shooter who killed eleven people and wounded six in the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States (Washington Post). And, most recently, in May 2021, as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict re-escalated, the United States saw a 63 percent increase in hateful violence against Jews (Anti-Defamation League).

Antisemitism is history’s oldest hatred. And, at Carthage, we must all stand together to end this hatred.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion has been working with others to expand how hate crimes are investigated and addressed on our campus. We created a Bias Education Response Team (BERT) in 2019, and we are currently collaborating with colleagues to make improvements to our community code by more clearly defining acts of hate. We are working to remove existing barriers to give the College more leverage in the pursuit of the perpetrators of acts of hate against anyone, including our Jewish community.

We also need your help! We ask our community to speak up and let us know when you see antisemitic acts of hate on campus.

If you witnessed any act of hate, bullying, or intimidation against others in our community, please call the Office of Public Safety at 262-551-5911 for immediate assistance and/or report it through the Bias Incident Report form in the MyCarthage portal.

Sincerely, the undersigned — including faculty, staff and members of the Carthage community:

SPONSORING DEPARTMENT, OFFICE, OR ORGANIZATION:

Office of Equity and Inclusion

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Roger Moreano, rmoreano@carthage.edu