A few months ago, I received several e-mails and Facebook messages regarding Marty Peretz. The long time New Republic editor, also a alma mater of Brandeis, posted a very racist and bigoted comment about Muslims: “But, frankly, Muslim life is cheap, most notably to Muslims. . . I wonder whether I need honor these people and pretend that they are worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment which I have in my gut the sense that they will abuse.’’
My friends and I quickly joined over 500 Brandeis students signing a petition calling on Marty to take back his statement. A week later, Marty did!
I know I personally felt pride and honor to be part of a campus and a community that reacted so quickly, and so well, to an injustice. This motion of compassion, and solidarity for the Muslim community, was the reason why I chose Brandeis as my university.
I am still very proud of our actions, and I wanted to share this article with the rest of the Brandeis community.
Boston.com recognized Brandeis’ outcry and our dedication for social justice. I know this Halloween weekend I will sit back, relax, and raise my glass to all the hard work and inspiring acts done everyday at Brandeis.