About what seems to have been a thousand years ago, I attended Brooklyn College. At that time (now I’m really dating myself), Brooklyn College was ranked 17th in the country. Since I attended seminary in the morning, I participated in classes in the afternoons and evenings. The population consisted primarily of Bais Yaakov girls and yeshivah guys. The classes were stimulating and enjoyable; I loved them. There was decorum and respect all through the school. I remember one of my professors telling us that he preferred to teach in the late hours because of the high caliber of student in his classes – meaning us. We weren’t there to waste our time or fool around; we came for degrees that would help us make a living. Things were safe then, and had a police officer been assigned to the school, we would have embraced it.
Then things changed. The liberals established affirmative action to bring in diversity. No longer were students accepted for high academic scores but rather because of their ethnicity, and as a result, the student body’s educational standards went dramatically down. Remedial classes had to be set up to help the new students pass.
As an alumnus, I was terribly dismayed by the college’s recent anti-police stance to the point that they won’t let officers use the restrooms, and assigned them only a broken, obscure one to use. That’s disrespectful and demeaning. I was always taught that the policeman is your friend, and to see these brave men in blue maligned in such a way is disgraceful. I blame the administration at Brooklyn College for this. I personally think that heads should roll and the president and other administrative leaders should be replaced. They do nothing to enhance CUNY’s reputation generally, and Brooklyn’s specifically. I think that CUNY’s donors should make their displeasure known, as well.
The media, who love salacious news items, are emphasizing the restroom issue, but I think the situation is more significant: It’s about safety.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill last Monday criticized Brooklyn College by saying, “Now is the time for everyone to get together. If you take a look at what is going on around the city, now’s the time for people to get to know their police officers, not to push them away. G-d forbid anything does happen in Brooklyn College, we want to make sure our cops – not only from the 70th precinct, but from whatever other divisions or bureaus might respond to that – we want them to know the layout of Brooklyn College.”
Last week’s headline in the New York Post tells it all. It read, “Cops Are Told to Go Away. Brooklyn College Bows to Student Demands.” Brooklyn College is capitulating to cop-hating students who wish to ban them from a taxpayer-funded CUNY campus. Donald Wenz, the school’s director of public safety, told the student newspaper, The Excelsior, that he’s trying to keep New York’s finest out of sight. Why should that be the case?
Students are going even further by drafting a petition to college President Michelle Anderson to completely eliminate police from the campus. One student chimed in by saying, “We do not want any NYPD on campus in any respect.” What are they afraid of? Are the radical Antifa and Palestinian groups concerned that the police will discover their nefarious activities on campus?
I was terribly dismayed by the college’s recent anti-police stance to the point that they won’t let officers use the restrooms, assigning them only a broken one to use
Student Body President Nissim Said (his name is enough to explain things) blamed the negative, hostile sentiments towards law enforcement on an NYPD operation that sent an undercover cop to infiltrate the school’s Muslim community in search of Islamic terrorists. That policewoman helped the feds in 2015 nab two Queens women who are now awaiting trial on charges that they stockpiled tanks of propane gas for an ISIS attack on New York City. So the kids think that revelations like that are bad; I think they are good.
These students are a spoiled bunch who rely on the precious Constitutional freedom of speech to let them get way with everything without consequences. NYPD sergeants union (Sergeants Benevolent Association) Chief Ed Mullins suggested, “Maybe it’s time these students, who fail to recognize the value of those protecting them, go take classes abroad.”
According to a New York Post editorial, “The NYPD is easily the nation’s most professional, best-trained major police department; any New Yorker walks by officers many times a day. Any student upset with “seeing blue” is badly out of touch with reality. And the school’s faculty and staff have a moral duty to clue the kids in to the truth – not to pander to anti-police bigotry.” Amen to that! Teach them that the policeman is their friend. It would be the best lesson that they could learn in college.
Cynthia Zalisky is the Executive Director of the Queens Jewish Community. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org