Something isn’t kosher about a CUNY scheme to single out Jews, angry professors charge.
Touting a move to make its faculty more diverse, CUNY administrators have broken out Jews into a separate minority group: “White/Jewish.”
CUNY insists “some faculty” want the label, instead of being lumped in as just white. But the theistic tag has outraged both Jewish and non-Jewish professors, and sparked a furor.
“This is, as far as I know, the first time a religion has been introduced into any affirmative-action document,” said David Gordon, a history professor at Bronx Community College and the Graduate Center. “What would the response be to a category ‘White/Methodist?’ Silly? Irrelevant?”
“It’s an insult and idiotic,” said Hershey Friedman, deputy chairman of the Finance and Business Management Department at Brooklyn College. “Most Jews are brown-skinned. We also have black Jews and Asian Jews. Once you mix religion with race you’re opening a Pandora’s box — and you look stupid.”
SOURCE: Edelman, Susan. 2012. New minority label at CUNY: ‘Jewish’. New York Post. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/new_minority_label_at_cuny_jewish_orJZewejNjoC1c1cLA2d5J [accessed: 2012-08-13].