Steve Wenick

DEI has Anti-Semitic DNA

The ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’ (DEI) curriculum discriminates against Jewish students. The manner in which it indoctrinates students about real and imagined societal inequities is detrimental to Jews in particular, and to the general population as well. It indoctrinates impressionable students with radical ideologies that sow the toxic seeds of racial, ethnic, and religious division.

While DEI teaches students that the ‘white-oppressors’ cause the marginalization suffered by people of color, there is no mention of discrimination against Jews. That glaring omission is not an oversight. DEI intentionally ignores the fact Jews, of all colors, endured and still suffer from the oldest and most frequently occurring forms of bigotry, antisemitism. Despite their marginalization, Jews succeed in greater numbers than their percentage of population would predict. In short, the academic and professional success of Jews debunks DEI’s myth of ‘white-privilege” or privilege of any kind; and that is why DEI excludes Jews from  its list of disadvantaged groups.

The stratagem DEI employs to deliberately exclude Jewish students as members of a marginalized group is by labeling them as white-oppressors. It ignores the fact that White, Black, Latino, Asian, Indian, and Middle Eastern Jewish students excel academically and professionally beyond the level of students belonging to the majority ethnicity. The high success rate attained by Jews of color, debunks the color narrative and supports the importance and impact of nurture (culture) over nature (color).

Another reason DEI proponents categorize Jews as white-advantaged, and white-oppressors is to justify their deceitful claim that the success of Jews is not due to their initiative, ingenuity, and industriousness, but because they are beneficiaries of their whiteness and by doing so, DEI denies the legitimacy of the accomplishments of Jews regardless of their color, tint, or hue.

History attests to the fact that, for the last 2,000 years, Jewish so-called protective ‘whiteness’ did not advantage or protect Jews in America, Europe and the Middle East, from persecution, discrimination, societal marginalization, verbal and physical assaults, pogroms, a Holocaust, and Hamas’ genocidal massacre of October 7th.

In the U.S. Jews are the tiniest and most marginalized group. Nevertheless, they refuse to accept victimhood. Their resolve not to succumb to victimhood runs counter to the DEI narrative. Despite the disadvantages Jews suffered because of America’s history of systemic antisemitism, at times blatant and at other times simmering just beneath the surface, they adapted to a hostile environment and overcame the obstacles set before them on their path to success and succeeded beyond their expected numbers.

And contrary to the reality of a world comprised of a diversity of colors, the world view of DEI developers is binary; they see only black and white. From their perspective the whites are racist oppressors and the blacks victimized people of color. It falsely labels Jews, and including those in Israel, as white and therefore oppressors, even though the majority of Israeli Jews are people of color. That is a dangerous and destructive lens though which DEI proponents view the world. It lacks the recognition of the multiplicity of colors extant in the Jewish community and America. Contrary to their self-ascribed moniker of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, DEI excludes Jews who support Zionism, thus selectively inhibit Diversity, place Equity of outcome over equality of opportunity, and deny the Inclusion of those Jews who refuse to cow to its dogmatic misguided binary views.

Historically, social justice initiatives’ intentions are to improve the lot for disadvantaged peoples for the benefit of all of society. But you know what they say about good intentions. Alarmingly, the administrators and faculty developing the curricula refuse to acknowledge that Hamas’ massacre of innocent civilians is a crime against humanity. Therefore, they are in no position to develop courses teaching tolerance, when in actuality their courses are perverting the very meaning of tolerance. Unfortunately, DEI education gurus have chosen to implement curricula and programs that indoctrinate students with a deluge of misinformation, awash with anti-American and antisemitic canards. If not reversed, the consequences of the destructive DEI misguided curriculum and programs will have dire effects upon the future generations of Jewish and non-Jewish Americans, destining them to the moral abyss of a dystopian future.

About the Author
Since retiring from IBM Steve Wenick has served as a freelance book reviewer for HarperCollins Publishing and Simon & Schuster. His reviews and articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Algemeiner, Jerusalem Online, Philadelphia Inquirer, Attitudes Magazine, and The Jewish Voice of Southern New Jersey. Steve and his wife are residents of Voorhees, New Jersey.
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