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UVA Professor Gives Extra Credit for Attending Pro-Palestinian Rally

UVA Professor sparks controversy over extra credit for students who attend Pro-Palestinian rally.

Across the country, we are seeing blatant antisemitism as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rages on, and academic institutions are no strangers to this. A firestorm erupted within the walls of the University of Virginia (UVA) over Professor Tessa Farmer’s decision to offer extra credit to students for attending a pro-Palestine rally, coinciding with a sensitive period following the loss of over 1,200 Israeli lives by Hamas. Recently, The Washington Examiner exposed UVA’s DEI officials for initially underestimating the controversy Farmer’s endorsement of the Students for Justice in Palestine event had stirred. Not surprisingly, Farmers’ obvious favoritism for students who attended the pro-Palestinian event was met with criticism, exposing the hypocrisy and bias of DEI departments. 

Critics, including Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, sharply censured Farmer’s academic incentive, but UVA’s DEI department should also be criticized as a whole. This incident exposes DEI efforts as not just flawed but actively fostering environments rife with antisemitism, all under the deceptive banner of diversity and inclusion. UVA’s leadership and DEI officers initially hesitated to address the severity of the situation, unmasking the ideological blind spots plaguing academic institutions. The fact that UVA’s DEI officials were hesitant to condemn Farmer’s actions and stand up for Jewish students speaks volumes, unveiling a disturbing tolerance for ideological extremism at the expense of genuine inclusivity.

This story highlights the broader challenge higher education institutions face today: a pervasive leftist indoctrination that ostracizes anyone daring to dissent. College campuses have become echo chambers of left-wing ideology, hostile to diversity of thought and silencing conservative voices. This is not merely a failure of policy but a betrayal of the very principles of academic freedom and open discourse.

In a blatant maneuver to camouflage their agenda, UVA contorted the narrative, claiming Farmer merely sought to immerse students in a spectrum of viewpoints. Yet, the undeniable act of dangling extra credit as bait exclusively for participation in a pro-Palestine rally—while conspicuously sidelining a pro-Israel standpoint—unabashedly tilts the scale towards a singular ideological domain. This is emblematic of a wider, insidious trend: professors and educators wielding their ideological predispositions as leverage to manipulate educational rewards, thus fostering environments rife with division and nurturing echo chambers of thought. Such methodologies are antithetical to the foundational principles upon which American academic institutions should anchor their educational ethos.

Farmer’s misguided offer of extra credit lays bare the harsh truth: the so-called diversity and inclusion efforts in higher education are a facade, merely advancing a monolithic political narrative. The reality, starkly unveiled, is an overwhelming bias towards left-leaning ideologies, blatantly disregarding genuine ideological diversity and inclusion. 

This bias isn’t just implied—it’s loudly proclaimed through skewed incentives like biased extra credit assignments. The result? American universities have become breeding grounds for left-wing, anti-Israel sentiment, cultivating a hostile atmosphere that marginalizes Jewish students. This perverse skewing of academic principles in favor of a singular political ideology undermines the integrity of our educational institutions and betrays the principles of fairness and diversity they purport to uphold.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.