According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the last two years have brought a spike in antisemitism. Unfortunately, UConn’s campus spaces have not been free from this trend.
Rising antisemitism does not just impact Jewish people; bias, hatred, harassment, or violence against one identity-based group normalizes bias, hatred, harassment, and violence towards other identity-based groups. We have seen, for example, a similar spike in anti-Asian and Anti-Black racism, in Islamophobia, in violence against the LGBTQIA+ community, and in sexual- and gender-based violence across all groups.
We encourage all members of the UConn community to confront antisemitism, racism, and discrimination, to actively speak out and denounce it, and to create a caring community that celebrates diversity.
Here are some resources for learning more about how and why we must combat antisemitism:
- The Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
- Antisemitism Education (YouTube)
- Antisemitism: How the Origins of History’s Oldest Hatred Still Hold Sway Today (The Conversation)
- Between Kanye and the Midterms, the Unsettling Stream of Antisemitism (NYT)
- UConn also offers a course on antisemitism: “Why the Jews? Confronting Antisemitism.” This course will run from March 6th through April 28th this spring.