It's hard to be Anti-Semitic these days and get a good job. How was professor Steven Salaita supposed to know that little ole tweets like this could get him into trouble?
However, his anti-Semitism has, in fact, caused him some consternation... and may have made him unemployable. The embattled professor said that he's not even trying to find a job in higher education anymore, because Zionists “have worked overtime to incriminate” him. (I imagine if he were in a Scooby Doo episode, he'd say, "And I would've gotten away with it, if it weren't for those pesky Jews!")
In a Facebook post, he revealed, “I was unable to find an academic job, so I no longer count myself among the professoriate”:
A number of colleagues have attempted to recruit me, but their efforts always get shut down by management. In turn, I often feel like I’m reliving the UIUC fiasco, which isn’t conducive to the kind of mood I prefer to inhabit. I’m easygoing, but I refuse to tolerate the indignities of a blacklist.
My immediate plan is to write and give talks. I’m still young and energetic. I don’t intend to slosh around in self-pity. Whatever I end up doing, I will maintain the spirit of noncompliance that defined my time in academe. If you take any lesson from my ouster, please don’t let it be fear or caution. Docility is a gift to those who profit from injustice. Academe can no longer afford this luxury.
Despite every node of my disposition screaming at me not to say what I’m about to say, I again surrender to my lesser judgment: I leave academe feeling that, no matter my copious shortcomings, I managed to remain a decent human being. Zionists have worked overtime to incriminate me, but they’ve never found anything incriminating—not from a lack of diligence, but because there’s nothing to find but plainspoken disdain for settler colonization. I haven’t always been a good professor—I’m disorganized and forgetful and reclusive and unresponsive and an easy grader—but I’ve never compromised my ethics or sold out colleagues and students in order to ingratiate myself to power.
I don't know. After reading that incomprehensible, condescending, self-congratulatory post, he seems like he'd fit right in at most colleges.
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h/t The College Fix