(Theta Tau) “Kike” (Syracuse University)

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Re: the Theta Tau incident at Syracuse University, last week the university suspended and has since expelled the fraternity after 2 videos surfaced of fraternity members expressing homophobic, racist, misogynistic and abelist content at an induction ceremony.  In a parody of a religious ritual, the new inductee was forced to his knees pledging to maintain hatred for the fu%#ing n—‘s, sp–cs, and “most importantly, the fu%#ing kikes.” Followed were jokes about showers. What surprised me was not the racism and the problem of racism in Greek life. I was genuinely surprised by the by both the inclusion of Jews and the invisibility of Jews. What really has me flummoxed is that a great many of our students do not know the meaning of the word “kike.” You think we all know the meaning of words. It’s like anti-Semitism doesn’t even “exist.”

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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