There is a conversation Black faculty often have with Black students that we rarely mention in public, let alone in mixed company. The tone of this exchange differs to some extent if the student are U.S. born or from the diaspora. It follows discussions that open their consciousness as they grapple with accepting an inescapable truth -- they are Black.
The fact is, the borders of anti-Semitism are permeable. Human speech does not divide neatly into "hate speech" and "political speech." Thus, if we are to avoid the over-generalizations, we must be more rigorous in our definitions of the phenomenon or we risk diluting the evil of anti-Semitism itself.
College is all about finding your place in the world -- or so I've been told -- and I still don't at all know my place in the world. But something I definitely learned over the past few weeks of second semester that is that it's impossible to find your place in a world that you refuse to venture out into.