Campus Discontinues Helen Thomas Award; Thomas 'Anti-Semitic'

Candace de Russy

Wayne State University recently junked its Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity in Media award after the former White House correspondent, in a workshop on anti-Arab bias, said that the U.S. Congress, the White House, Hollywood and Wall Street are owned by the Zionists. She also claimed that Jewish influence made it impossible to criticize Israel in the U.S. More of the same from Thomas. Last summer, she publicly ranted that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go home to "Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else." Robert Cohen, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit, commented that it was "very ironic that she made these comments at an event, the purpose of which was to address stereotyping." Ironic, yes, but hardly surprising in today's academy which, as David Solway writes, is busily and "invidiously programming its students with ... a misplaced tolerance for radical Islamic thought and practice." Neither does it astonish, for the same reason, that Thomas received a standing ovation from workshop attendees. Nor that she has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and awarded more than 30 honorary degrees. But we should commend Wayne State for seeing the error of its ways.

  • Share

Most Commented

August 17, 2021


Fermilab Concedes to Woke Physicists

Known for its powerful particle accelerator, Fermilab epitomizes American physics research. But after accusations of racism, a group of woke physicists now controls the lab....

July 7, 2021


CRT in Higher Education: Is a Day of Reckoning Coming for the University of Texas?

UT President Hartzell has been content to ignore critics regarding his institution's plunge into wokeism. With a Texas Legislature special session coming up, he may be in for a rude awak......

July 20, 2021


NAS Opposes the ABA’s Woke Standards for Law Schools

The American Bar Association would like the nation’s already-radicalized law schools to become even more so. We must step up and challenge this....

Most Read

May 15, 2015


Where Did We Get the Idea That Only White People Can Be Racist?

A look at the double standard that has arisen regarding racism, illustrated recently by the reaction to a black professor's biased comments on Twitter....

October 12, 2010


Ask a Scholar: What is the True Definition of Latino?

What does it mean to be Latino? Are only Latin American people Latino, or does the term apply to anyone whose language derived from Latin?...

September 8, 2021


How Many Confucius Institutes Are in the United States?

UPDATED: We're keeping track of all Confucius Institutes in the United States, including those that remain open, those that closed, and those that have announced their closing....