Cornel West, who has defended Farrakhan, claimed that he wasn’t given tenure because of his hatred for Israel. There’s zero evidence of this, but as usual, zero evidence doesn’t stop West from claiming things anyway.
And now even the head of Harvard’s Hillel has spoken out against West’s antisemitic conspiracy theory.
Responding to vigorous campus support for Professor Cornel R. West ’74 — who said last month Harvard declined to consider him for tenure in part due to his outspoken criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians — Rabbi Jonah C. Steinberg, executive director of Harvard Hillel, criticized West for having “egged students on” in “scapegoating and demonizing” Jewish people.
In an email to Hillel affiliates Friday, Steinberg wrote he believes a student petition condemning Harvard’s alleged decision to not consider West for tenure is based on “an anti-Jewish conspiracy theory.”
West’s evidence that it was the Jews?
In a Tuesday interview with The Crimson, West defended and elaborated on his belief that Harvard denied his request to be considered for tenure because of his vocal criticism of Israel.
“I don’t think my support of brother Bernie Sanders would have been that controversial. I don’t think my support of Black Lives Matter would have been that controversial,” he said. “I do think the support of this critique of Israeli occupation is a plausible hypothesis, given what I know about earlier candidates who have been denied.”
I don’t think West knows the definition of a plausible hypothesis. But let me offer up some alternative hypotheses.
1. Princeton Professor Embraces 9/11 Conspiracy Movement – IPT News
2. “I’m here because I have a deep love for Min. Farrakhan, we go back over 35-40 years”.
3. Cornel West: Obama a ‘Republican in Blackface’ – The Root
Also, there’s his support for Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, his utterly deranged cable news interviews in which he seems to be trying to headbutt the camera, and the academic prowess of his… album.
West left Harvard for the first time in 2002, after the university’s then-president Larry Summers implied that his public work, including a rap album, was interfering with his scholarly obligations.
So obviously it’s the Jews. There’s no other conceivable reason that West wouldn’t get tenure.