In Family Support

by Parmalee Taff

Our parents didn’t have to think twice about our safety when sending us off to college. No matter what our religion, race or background, we were safe. We were there to learn and meet all kinds of new friends. This has changed. How? Why? What new cultural phenomenon has captured the attention of Generation Z?

Apparently the “sudden” vocal, visible rise of  ignorant, uninformed students (supported in various ways by professional agitators, professors and administrators) who are crossing the line between free speech and hateful, threatening speech that targets Jewish students, has been simmering beneath the general public notice but has erupted, egged on by tiktok, causing turmoil in the U.S. Others suggest a longer time frame of simmering prejudice similar to historical periods of unrest and a precursor of bad times to come. Still others suggest that “outside” agitators are funding dissent (evidence points toward Soros and foreign organizations). No matter the cause, it’s unacceptable. We ask how we can help make college safe for our young adults.

We have school parent groups in K-12 schools, but not typically in colleges. Is it time for ALL parents of college students to find ways to demand not only safe policies of our higher institutions of learning, but actions to match the policies? I know of one Santa Cruz Parent who speaks out bravely about injustices locally and now has directed her talents toward with her child’s college.

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I opened Constant Contact to add to this week’s newsletter and was greeted with an invitation to try AI Content writing. I decided to try it. I asked it some questions and it asked me to specify type, goal and tone. I chose content, newsletter and informative.


Q: Why is there an apparently sudden, vocal, visible rise of  ignorant, uninformed students, professors and administrators who are crossing the line between free speech and hateful, threatening speech that targets Jewish students.

A: In response to the concerning rise of hate speech within academic circles, it is crucial for educational institutions to proactively address and combat this issue. Upholding values of respect, diversity, and inclusivity is paramount in fostering a safe and welcoming environment for all individuals. By promoting open dialogue, providing education on the harmful impacts of hate speech, and establishing clear guidelines for acceptable communication, we can collectively work towards creating a more respectful and inclusive academic community. It is through these concerted efforts that we can strive towards a future where all members of academia feel valued and respected. [This did not answer the question. Do you agree?]

Q: What is the role of tiktok on campus anti-semitism?

A: It has come to light that TikTok plays a significant role in perpetuating anti-Semitic sentiments on college campuses. This concerning trend underscores the importance of fostering a culture of tolerance and respect among students. It is crucial for educational institutions to actively combat such hate speech and promote inclusivity and diversity within their communities. By raising awareness, implementing stricter guidelines, and providing education on the dangers of anti-Semitism, we can strive towards creating a safer and more accepting environment for all. [This answered the question. I shall ask for examples next time to see if AI can go deeper and maintain accuracy. What do you think?]

A (a second version): In light of recent concerns surrounding the rise of anti-Semitic content on social media platforms, the role of TikTok in perpetuating anti-Semitism on college campuses has come under scrutiny. As students increasingly turn to TikTok for entertainment and social interaction, there is a growing need to address the spread of harmful stereotypes and misinformation. Educational institutions must collaborate with students, faculty, and community leaders to promote awareness, foster inclusivity, and combat hate speech effectively.

Q: Who is funding campus anti-semitism?

A: In an effort to address the growing concerns of anti-Semitism on college campuses, a comprehensive investigation has been initiated to uncover the various funding sources behind these troubling occurrences. The study aims to shed light on the financial backing that may be fueling such discriminatory behaviors and ideologies, ultimately paving the way for targeted interventions and strategies to combat anti-Semitism within academic settings. [Hmmm… The NY Post has investigated and followed the money to Soros,]

Q: What can parents do to make sure their children are safe at campuses experiencing anti-semitic rhetoric?

A: In light of the concerning rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric on campuses, parents play a crucial role in safeguarding their children’s well-being. It is essential for parents to have open and honest conversations with their children about the situation, providing them with the necessary tools to navigate such challenging environments. Additionally, staying informed about the specific incidents and working closely with school authorities to address any concerns can help create a safer space for students. Encouraging tolerance, understanding, and empathy in children is also key to fostering a culture of respect and inclusivity on campus. By taking proactive measures and fostering a supportive environment, parents can help ensure their children feel safe and supported amidst anti-Semitic rhetoric.

I think the Constant Contact AI answers are cautious. Some answers evaded the question. What do you think?

Let us support parents, administrators, teachers and students who have the strength, courage and will to work through this strife logically and morally.

I caught a blip of a group discussing a WSJ article titled ” If you give a mouse a cookie…” I could not access the article but I was inspired to expand on the theme. Perhaps the answer is in the classic story about the consequences of giving a mouse a cookie.

If you give a mouse a cookie…
If you give a bully an opening…
If you give anti-semitic college students a concession…
If you give a terrorist group a chance to continue…

If you give a dictator one of your freedoms…

If you give an enemy a ……will they say thank you and go away…  or demand more?

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