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May 14, 2024      5:26 PM

Texas Senate Higher Education tackles DEI ban and antisemitism amidst student protests

Chair Creighton ties antisemitism loosely with whether Marxism is behind DEI, Democratic senators want to know how post-DEI programs are being measured

“This hearing has just about everything I hate,” a Capitol observer texted during today’s Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education hearing: “University administrators and state senators.”

The interim hearing on the elimination of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in higher education, rising antisemitism, a review of campus free speech policies as well as the Department of Public Safety’s response to campus protests, however, was far less timid than the protest by University of Texas professors and students nearby.

Chairman Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, loosely linked the three, moving from the October 7, 2023, massacre of 1,200 Israelis by Hamas to the ensuing campus protests with a focus on antisemitic attacks and linking the idea that radical Marxists are behind DEI.

He also called for the balance of defending free speech and academic freedom when public safety might be threatened.

By James Russell

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