While the president of Harvard is defending her anti-Semitic students for penning an open letter defending Hamas terrorists, one Berkeley professor is taking the opposite tack - and telling employers not to hire idiot students who shill for murderers.
"My students are largely engaged and well-prepared, and I regularly recommend them to legal employers," Berkeley law professor Steven Davidoff Solomon wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal Sunday. "But if you don’t want to hire people who advocate hate and practice discrimination, don’t hire some of my students.”
Solomon added that “Anti-Semitic conduct is nothing new on university campuses, including here at Berkeley,” shocking exactly no one who’s been paying attention in recent years - or in recent weeks.
Berkeley’s Law Students for Justice in Palestine, for example, penned a letter in 2022 asking "other student groups to adopt a bylaw that banned supporters of Israel from speaking at events,” aiming to create what critics called “Jewish-free zones” on campus. Nine other groups signed the pledge.
"The student conduct at Berkeley is part of the broader attitude against Jews on university campuses that made last week’s massacre possible," Solomon wrote in his op-ed this week. "It is shameful and has been tolerated for too long.”
"Legal employers in the recruiting process should do what Winston & Strawn did: treat these law students like the adults they are," he went on. ”If a student endorses hate, dehumanization or anti-Semitism, don’t hire him. When students face consequences for their actions, they straighten up.
“If a student endorses hatred, it isn’t only your right but your duty not to hire him. Do you want your clients represented by someone who condones these monstrous crimes?” Solomon asked.
The answer, of course, should be a resounding “No.” While college students should be free to question and experiment with myriad stupid ideas as they learn, grow, and are exposed to differing viewpoints throughout their college careers, experimenting with open calls for genocide and support for terrorism shouldn’t be among them.