When I went to Drexel University, the protestors were anti-war and anti-nuclear winter. Noisy and annoying but generally harmless. In today’s world, however, “woke” protesting has become a contagion at almost every American institute of higher learning. Protest is no longer simply an annoyance, it characterizes every event and makes national news regularly. However, something may be about to change and that is thanks to the brutality and savagery of the Hamas attack on Israel.
Not surprisingly, “woke” students condemned Israel and excused Hamas. They wrote letters and marched in protest, all on the internet and in full color video – but the reaction was not what these “woke” students expected. There was actual condemnation and serious push back. Here are a couple of examples:
The head of the student’s law association at NYU took the Hamas side and blamed Israel for all the violence. As a result, her offer of a job at a prestigious law firm in New York was rescinded.
A billionaire donor to the Wharton school at the University of Pennsylvania withdrew from the Board and took his tens of millions with him. He encouraged other major donors to withhold contributions. He was incensed by the pro-Hamas nature of the student organization statements. So, not only did the students get defunded but the University itself.
The worst example of the anti-Israel wokeness occurred at Harvard where some 30 plus student groups condemned Israel in writing. One of Harvard’s billionaire donors demanded to know the name of every student who signed onto the various letters. He also condemned the President of Harvard for a late and equivocating response to evil. (Many of the students involved directly with the pro-Hamas anti-Israel letter panicked and tried to erase their name from the internet. Too late, the various stockbroker and law firms now have a “do not hire” list of names.)
I am certain that other colleges and universities around the country, and even the world, are finding out that woke activities in support of medieval level savagery and brutality are costly. Clearly, wokeness has simply gone beyond college kids being stupid to college kids being faced with the reality of a very bad decision.
Nothing excuses evil is a very important lesson to be learned and this lesson has life changing consequences if ignored.
Note: Protestors were quite annoying to Drexel’s commuting engineering students who were actually learning and studying as opposed to playing ping pong in the campus community center. In one notable incident, a protestor was thrown out of a second story window because he interrupted a final exam study session.