In a refreshing change of pace, Dickinson College in Pennsylvania actually stood up to radical leftist students who came up with a silly proposal to make the campus more woke. In a startling shift from the nonsense we’ve seen at the University of Missouri, Yale, Evergreen State College, and many, many other academic institutions, the administration of Dickinson College did not immediately fold like a cheap table when social justice warriors tried to ban hummus from the campus.
Wait, they tried to…ban hummus?
Yes, as the social justice movement grows in power, it also grows in silliness. In this instance, students came up with a resolution to ban Sabra Hummus from the campus as part of the wider Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement – an anti-Semitic effort to punish the state of Israel for daring to exist.
“Sabra Hummus is a brand partially owned by the Strauss Group, which is a company that financially and morally supports the Golani and Givati bridge of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF),” the students wrote in the resolution. “These brigades of the IDF commit human rights abuses against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and the support of Sabra products helps the Strauss Group support the Israeli Defence Force brigade which maintains a cycle of oppression for Palestinian people in violation of international law.”
Under ordinary circumstances, the college would 100% support this trash proposal for fear that the students would turn on them, lock themselves in the cafeteria, and begin screaming that they were made to feel “unsafe” from the Zionist Nazis in the administration. So it was with a breath of relief that we read Dickinson College’s statement distancing themselves from the proposal and condemning the ideas behind it.
“As an institution that deeply values global diversity and civil discussion and debate, Dickinson opposes this boycott. In 2014, we rejected the call from the American Studies Association to boycott Israeli universities and instead maintained our ongoing relationships with three Israeli institutions,” the university said in a statement.
“We reject the current call for boycott on the same grounds,” they continued. “Students have committed to continue with the open dialogue and active listening that they demonstrated during the discussion. We are confident that as they grapple with this and other complex issues they will continue to seek out and consider multiple perspectives and draw on the critical thinking and analysis skills they are developing here at Dickinson.”
We suppose that the students could still arrive at a point where they ban Sabra Hummus from the campus, but at least they won’t have the eager support of the administration while doing so. For once, we’re left with the impression that there are actually a few adults in the room at an academic institution. How novel.