Brooklyn College will no longer be a recipient of alum Bruce Kesler's money. Why? Because the school has assigned incoming freshman to read Moustafa Bayoumi's "How Does It Feel To Be A Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America."
On his blog, Kesler called Bayoumi, a Brooklyn College professor, a "radical pro-Palestinian" and explained his reasoning for removing the school from his will:
What caused the disinheritance is that all incoming freshmen and transfer students are given a copy of a book to read, and no other, to create their "common experience." This same book is one of the readings in their required English course. The author is a radical pro-Palestinian professor there.
When I attended in the 1960s, Brooklyn College - then rated one of the tops in the country -- was, like most campuses, quite liberal. But, there was no official policy to inculcate students with a political viewpoint. Now there is. That is unacceptable.
The book is How Does It Feel To Be A Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America It is interviews with seven Arab-Americans in their 20s about their experiences and difficulties in the US. There's appreciation of freedoms in the US, and deep resentment at feeling or being discriminated against post-9/11.
According to the New York Daily News, Brooklyn College said in a statement that it was "regrettable that Mr. Bruce Kesler misunderstands the intentions of the Common Reader experience and the broader context of this selection."
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