Antisemitic fliers declaring “the Jewish privilege” as the key to social injustice in the United States were handed out last Tuesday and Wednesday to students on the campus of the University of Illinois.
The fliers, claimed in bold letters that “Ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege.” The fliers cited survey data, which claim that 44% of Jewish Americans are in the “one percent,” or the top economic percentile in the United States.
“Is the 1% Straight, White Men? Or is the 1% Jewish?” the flier asked, showing a pyramid of stick figures in which the top of the pyramid is populated almost entirely with stick figures emblazoned with large Jewish stars. The bottom of the pyramid is labeled “The 99%” and “Goyim”.
Following Metro Chicago Hillel’s request to investigate the fliers, the university released a statement condemning the flier and announcing that the administration will investigate. “Today, antisemitic posters were found on campus that defame, insult and negatively portray Jewish members of our campus community,” the statement said. “Such actions do not reflect the values we hold as a community. Acts that invoke hatred or violence toward members of our community will not be tolerated on our campus.”
By: Efrat Baron