Ideological growth of a poison Ivy: Columbia’s journey from scholarship to activism

Source: New York Post
by Christopher F Rufo

“The images of the recent protests at Columbia University have grabbed the attention of the American public: students chanting for a Palestinian state, ‘from the river to the sea’; activists setting up a mass tent encampment on the campus lawn; masked occupiers seizing control of Hamilton Hall. For some, it was a sign that ancient antisemitism had established itself in the heart of the Ivy League. For others, it was deja vu of 1968, when mass demonstrations last roiled campus. Columbia president Minouche Shafik feigned surprise. In a statement to students, she expressed ‘deep sadness’ about the campus chaos. But to anyone who has observed Columbia in recent decades, the upheaval should not come as a surprise. Behind the images of campus protests lies a deeper, more troubling story: the ideological capture of the university, which inexorably drove Columbia toward this moment.” (05/27/24)