You probably saw the video circulated heavily in recent days that purported to depict strikingly different reactions to one man waving two flags on Berkeley’s campus. To avoid calling out any specific friends — or linking to the video myself — I’ll let former Ambassador Michael Oren explain:
I’ll make this quick, but tl;dr, the video is preposterous and reinforces a narrative of victimhood unwarranted by its content, and you should probably stop sharing it. Here you go:
- Most damningly, the video is heavily edited. Until Ami releases his complete footage, the three-minute clip that has been widely shared tells us exactly nothing about anything that actually happened.
- Even with that footage, this would still be nothing resembling a controlled experiment. Ami says different things, he stands in different places — as my friend who attends Berkeley explained, “The first scene is in front of the Campanille – people run by there to get to classes. The second is on Sproul plaza where people hang out.” Unsurprisingly, much more interaction took place in the latter location.
- Would you shout down a person waving an ISIS flag? Or would you just assume he’s a crazy fucknut — liable to hack off your face — and steer clear? I thought so.
I’m sure there are more reasons this video should go away, but I don’t want to think about it anymore. There’s enough real anti-Semitism in the world — indeed, on Berkeley’s campus — that we don’t need to manufacture any more.