A York student hears a professor say something anti-semitic, rushes out of the room in a rage, and informs on him all over the Jewish community. The professor is branded an anti-semite.

The professor, who is Jewish, was clearly using the anti-semitic statement in his lecture about prejudice as an example of a reprehensible opinion. The student failed to understand this.

Interviewed later, the student apologized profusely and …


[Senior Sarah] Grunfeld said Tuesday she may have misunderstood the context and intent of Johnston’s remarks, but that fact is insignificant.

“The words, ‘Jews should be sterilized’ still came out of his mouth, so regardless of the context I still think that’s pretty serious.”

Grunfeld also expressed skepticism that Johnston was in fact Jewish.

Asked directly by a reporter whether she believes Johnston is lying, she was unclear.

“Whether he is or is not, no one will know,” she said. “. . . Maybe he thought because he is Jewish he can talk smack about other Jews.”

York is about to graduate this woman.


Mr UD’s reaction: “The same words came out of her mouth. Context be damned. Let the word go out.”

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5 Responses to “Here’s hoping that this student is not typical of what York University produces after four years.”

  1. Be Very Careful About What You Say in Class « Clarissa's Blog Says:

    […] through the lecture, only managed to catch the quote you used in order to criticize it, and will rush off to complain: A York student hears a professor say something anti-semitic, rushes out of the room in a rage, and […]

  2. bc Says:

    ‎”Fortunately for Ms. Grunfeld,” Johnson said, “not only do I not believe that ‘all Jews should be sterilized,’ I don’t even believe that ‘all moronic Jews should be sterilized.’ But I can encourage them to teach their children better than they’ve been taught.” Or at least, that’s what he should have said.

  3. deb schultz Says:

    Game to Mr. UD!

  4. In the provinces Says:

    One can only imagine what Ms. Grunfeld would have thought of a twentieth century German history class, in which the professor quoted anti-Semitic statements made by, for instance, Hitler.

  5. Mr Punch Says:

    This is somewhat the same as the incident at Harvard years ago involving Stephan Thernstrom. York seems to have handled it a bit better.

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