The Oberlin Review

College Must Examine Karega Case without Bias

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies

April 23, 2016

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: Oberlin College faculty members meet this Monday to address the issues of anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry on campus. At least to some extent, Professor Joy Karega’s posts on the internet that have been deemed anti-Semitic, not just anti-Zionist, with calls coming from many quarters for her swift dismissal, may have been one of the sparks for this gathering. I have not met Professor Karega, I have not spoken to her or to anyone else about the matter, I have not read her actual posts, but I have read statements attributed to her. My prayer is that there will be as much a rush for fairness as for judgment, for both are essential if even a scintilla of the truth is to be found. Additionally, whe...

In Wake of Anti-Semitism Debate, Oberlin Must Remain Inclusive

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies

April 15, 2016

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Oberlin College is the institution that pioneered education for women and blacks in the 19th century and deserves to be forever renowned for those early footprints of justice. But it is a college today that seeks to deepen and broaden those footprints by its feats of translating into action its ideals about social justice, fairness and freedom for all. With many admitted high school students and their families visiting us this weekend to get a closer look at what we represent, let’s remind them and ourselves that when we hear and read that others have been hurt — emotionally pained by either anti-Semitism, racism or bigotry — that we express our sorrow and extend our hands and hearts to the...

We Must Support Institutions, Prosecute Wrongdoers

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies

February 26, 2016

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Brave and selfless women and men volunteer to serve in our armed services to support America by being willing to lay down their lives in faraway lands in defense of the United States of America. We can and should support them a lot better than we do. Similarly, women and men who volunteer to serve us at home as police officers deserve our thanks and support. These two august institutions make it possible for us all to enjoy a sufficient degree of peace and orderliness, thereby affording us the tranquility and stability to address other challenges, concerns, etc. All those in the armed services or on the police force do not always meet our minimum level of behavior all the time; indeed, some c...

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