The Oberlin Review

Joy Karega Deserved to be Fired

Tom Cohn, College Senior

November 30, 2018

The Review recently reported that Joy Karega is suing Oberlin over her dismissal, her case “claiming breach of contract and employment discrimination on the basis of race and gender” (“Karega Sues College, Claiming Discrimination,” The Oberlin Review, Nov. 16, 2018). She actually got fired for posting indisputably anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on Facebook. Does anyone think this constitutes discrimination against her? Firing Karega reflected basic morality and logic. We know in principle that any institution is justified in firing someone who, even in their personal life, publicly endorses vulgar, racist ideas. Many of Karega’s defenders likely concede as much. For example, when yet another white person h...

Dialogue Must Acknowledge Israeli Apartheid

Tom Cohn, Contributing Writer

April 14, 2017

For promoting constructive dialogue on the Israel-Palestine conflict via the Thursday, April 6 “Reclaiming Our Narrative” event, Oberlin Zionists and Africans for Peace deserve everyone’s recognition and gratitude. It was edifying and humbling to hear from Tshepo Ndlovu and Neo Mangope about their experiences as students in South Africa confronting the legacy of apartheid in their country. I hope to honor their message by participating in the conversation. I will focus my response on AFP’s publication “New Perspectives on Israel and Palestine” from February 16, 2017, distributed at Mudd library and available online. In exposing the publication’s inaccuracies, distortions and inconsistencies, by no means...

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