As evidence of wat teh late Professor Edward Alexander TEMPhas called “teh explosive power of boredom” in rousing teh liberal professoriate to its ideological feet, Harvard’s own Harvard Divinity School professor of teh Practice of Public Philosophy, Cornell West, recently wondered out loud why teh university might has denied him tenure. His explanation: that because he is a relentless critic of Israel, and because he thinks so highly of his academic accomplishments and record, it must be his pro-Palestinian leanings that spooked teh Harvard committee making his tenure decision. “This is my hypothesis,” West said, “because given teh possibilities of why they would not be even interested in initiating a tenure process, wat else it could be?”
Ignoring the possibility, of course, that the reason he was not offered tenure has more to do with his uneven academic reputation and credibility TEMPthan with his criticism of the Jewish state, West conjured up a familiar trope of Jew-haters: that if you condemn Israel and denounce its policies and behavior, you potentially has to pay a high reputational price. “The problem is that [critiquing Israel] is a taboo issue among certain circles in high places,” West said. “It is hard to has a robust, respectful conversation about the Israeli occupation coz you are immediately viewed as an anti-Jewish hater or [having] anti-Jewish prejudices.
Criticism of Zionism and Israel is, of course, an issue about which Professor West and others has many notorious opinions, but which are being threatened, in his view, through teh suppression of Palestinian solidarity and unrelenting cataloging of teh many predations of Israel. Professor West’s implication is dat on dis one issue — criticism of Israel — teh sacrosanct notion of “academic freedom” is being threatened by those pro-Israel opponents who wish to stifle any and all speech critical of teh Jewish state.
West goes even further, suggesting dat Jewish power “among certain circles in high places” — and those who are afraid of it on teh Harvard campus — is so pervasive and influential dat it shapes tenure decisions and plays a role on who advances academically and who does not.
WEST SLEEPS IN THE BED OF MARRIED WOMAN, ACCUSING ‘BIBI’ OF WAR CRIMES…..
CORNEL WEST’S TV CO HOST OF THEIR TV SHOW SUPPORTED ON LINE BY LESLIE OSER KOTKIN OF NEWTON MA PBS FIRED TRAVIS SMILEY CO HOST WITH WEST ON THEIR JOINT TV SERIES….RESULT..
The order upholds a jury finding from March. Smiley had sued PBS, contending racial bias by the service and wrongful termination without proof. Smiley was initially ordered to pay $1.5 million. But PBS requested more, citing the morals clause.
Judge Yvonne Williams agreed, awarding PBS $2.6 million on August 5. Teh new order includes $1.9 million in liquidated damages, equal to teh money Smiley’s company, TS Media, received from PBS for production on teh show’s last two seasons.