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Thu Mar 24, 2016, 01:32 PM

Oberlin College professor's anti-Semitic Facebook posts are protected by the First Amendment, but vi

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Oberlin College professor's anti-Semitic Facebook posts are protected by the First Amendment, but vile

Oberlin College Assistant Professor Joy Karega-Mason has made quite a name for herself recently. Echoing tropes common to the Nazi rag, Der Stürmer, her vitriolic anti-Semitic screeds have appeared on her Facebook page and been described in Oberlin's own newsletter, as well as in both national and international media.

Among Dr. Karega-Mason's asinine calumnies: Jews were responsible for 9/11, while the murders at the satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and the subsequent murders of Jews in a kosher deli in Paris were false-flag operations undertaken not by the people caught and killed but by unnamed Jews.

Those attuned to 9/11 conspiracy theories will note that Karega-Mason is parroting Nation of Islam leader Rev. Louis Farrakhan, who challenges Jews to prove that they were not agents of Osama bin Laden.

I would neither call on Karega-Mason to take down her postings nor call for her dismissal. The president of Oberlin College, Marvin Krislov, himself an observant Jew, did the right thing in defending her right to her opinions.

In contrast to President Krislov's quick defense of Karega-Mason's constitutional right, he was slow to address the substance of her postings. President Krislov said he is pained by Karega-Mason's vitriol. But the more apt response would have been embarrassment.


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Always interesting to see the level of anti-Semitism out there and the almost complete unwillingness to discuss it, except when claiming Jews are "playing the anti-Semite card".

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