The fliers circulating on the UIC campus falsely claim that “Jewish privilege” is the key to social injustice in the United States. Citing PEW research, the fliers ask “Is the 1% straight, white men? Or is the 1% Jewish?”
The information cited in the fliers came from a PEW research study on income across different religious groups. The study found that 46 percent of Jewish households in America make over $100,000 — not nearly enough to make the top one-percent.
On Wednesday, the UIC released a statement condemning the Antisemitic fliers, saying acts of hatred or violence would not be tolerated on the UIC campus. The origin of the fliers is unknown, but UIC officials said they will investigate.
In December, a militant Neo-Nazi group claimed responsibility for a poster of Adolf Hitler surrounded by swastikas found on the University of Chicago campus. Chicago Police confirmed an increase in reports of swastikas and other racist derogatory remarks and symbols on both public and private property across Chicago.
Since the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, there has been an uptick in reports of bomb threats against Jewish institutions and across college campuses. Racist remarks and symbols, including graffiti of swastikas and pro-Donald Trump slogans were reported at Texas State University earlier in March.
A survey by a leading human rights organization in 2015!found that anti-Semitism on college campuses was on the rise, with more than half of Jewish students claiming to have witnessed or been subjected to some form of anti-Jewish harassment.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."