TRIBUNE – The academic Paul May analyzes the tensions between the left wing of the Democratic Party, acquired by the “woke” and postcolonial theses, and their often more centrist elders. The former would remain silent in the face of anti-Semitic acts when their perpetrators belong to ethnic minorities.
Paul May is professor of political science at the University of Quebec in Montreal (Uqam), and taught at Harvard from 2016 to 2019. He is the author of a noted book, “Philosophies du multiculturalisme” (Presses de Sciences Po , 2016).
Recently, several American Jewish organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee, called on US President Joe Biden to take a formal stand against the rise in anti-Semitic acts across the country. This cry of alarm comes in a context that goes far beyond the repercussions of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Indeed, in recent years, anti-Semitism has been at the heart of many controversies within the American left. The “woke” movement, slayer of “structural racism” and “systemic discrimination”, is particularly suspected of being complacent towards the phenomenon. If several major figures of the Democratic Party have condemned this drift, it remains however revealing
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