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Stanford Freshman Criticizes Administrators for Providing Solace, Resources to Students Lamenting Trump’s Election, While ‘Largely Ignoring’ Antisemitic Incidents on Campus

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Stanford University campus. Photo: Stanford University.

Stanford University campus. Photo: Stanford University.

A freshman at Stanford University criticized school administrators for offering aid and solace to students who were upset by the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency, while failing to provide similar support to Jews who experienced antisemitism on campus.

In an op-ed in the campus newspaper The Stanford Daily on TuesdayMicah Cash said that though the university “created a vast network of resources…offering therapy, comfort and discourse” after the presidential election, it “couldn’t even muster the manpower” to erase a swastika painted on a library wall. 

While praising the California university for being “tolerant and inclusive,” Cash said that “prominent and hateful” acts against Jews on its campus remain “largely ignored.”

“In response to Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning immigrants and refugees from predominantly Muslim countries…nearly every activist group on campus has staged events, rallies or protests, along with providing resources to help,” Cash wrote. “Perhaps activist groups are well-equipped to protest macro-injustice, but reluctant to confront it face to face. What non-Jewish group has held an event, protest or rally concerning the swastikas drawn all over our walls?”

In early January, as The Algemeiner reported, swastika-like symbols were discovered at five separate locations at Stanford. Later that month, antisemitic fliers began to emerge from network printers on campus, in an apparent cyber attack.

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