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Cardona Expresses ‘Deep Concern’ Over Columbia Situation: ‘Antisemitic Hate’ is Unacceptable

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona (Credits: Diverse: Issues In Higher Education)

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona’s condemnation of the recent events at Columbia University reflects a broader concern about rising antisemitism on college campuses. In his statement, Cardona emphasized that such hate is unacceptable and expressed deep concern about the situation revealing at Columbia.

The ongoing “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” at Columbia, where students are demanding divestment from Israel among other things, has led to tensions on campus.

Miguel Cardona (Credits: CNN)

The suspension of students and arrests by the NYPD, along with the decision to transition to hybrid classes for the rest of the semester due to unrest, underscore the seriousness of the situation.

Cardona’s reference to the ongoing investigation by the Office for Civil Rights involving Title VI demonstrates the federal government’s commitment to addressing issues of discrimination and ensuring that all students feel safe and valued in their educational environments.

He reiterated that hate has no place in schools and emphasized the need for education leaders to unequivocally oppose antisemitism and other forms of discrimination.

While some lawmakers have called for Columbia’s president to resign, Cardona did not take a specific position on this matter in his statement. However, he made it clear that calls for violence and intimidation targeting Jewish students are antisemitic, unconscionable, and dangerous, and have no place on college campuses or anywhere in the United States.

Miguel Cardona (Credits: CBS News)

The White House echoed this sentiment in a separate statement, emphasizing that while peaceful protest is a constitutional right, any form of violence or intimidation directed at Jewish students or the Jewish community is unacceptable.

These statements highlight the importance of fostering a safe and inclusive environment for all students, regardless of their background or beliefs.

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