In my experience, the harassment of Jewish students and Israel supporters on California campuses is not necessarily marked by major incidents. Instead, it is characterized by a steady pattern of low level annoyances and minor grievances that together add up to an uncomfortable climate.
Last year I had a class with Prof. Ronald Lopez of the ethnic studies department of Sonoma State University. Other students had reported his bias against non-Latino students, but ethnic studies are required and his class was available and fit my schedule. Mid semester I went to his office to speak to him about a test. His office door was filled with flyers about creating a safe space for all students. Maybe not ALL Students. Front and center however was a disgusting piece of anti-Israel propaganda.
I didn't go in, and I didn't talk to him. I was angry and there was no where to turn and no one to complain to. Knowing any action I took would affect my grade, I was silent.Documentation was provided. This was Ron Lopez's office door at Sonoma State University
|SSU Professor Ron Lopez's office door|
This was the offensive "anti-Israel propaganda" that upset the student. Ariel Sharon has been in a coma since 2006. Its not only vile inappropriate propaganda, it is dated, vile, inappropriate propaganda
|Lies and Distortions on SSU Prof. Ron Lopez's office door|
We need to prepare our students for life in college. They need to be educated in the history of our people. They need to be taught to confront bias where it exists. And they need a campus support system so they know that they are not alone.