Amid Soaring Racial Tensions, Students in Missouri Launch Good Deeds Initiative

Students members of Chabad at the University of Missouri campus launched an initiative this week to rein in tensions at the campus, after a series of racially charged incidents led to a student backlash and the resignation of the school’s chancellor and president, The Algemeiner has learned.

From The Algemeiner:

Chabad announced in a press release on Friday that the students would set up a table on campus asking passersby to write down a random good deed they will do for another student on campus.

Kelton Tabor, a Missouri U sophomore from San Diego and Chabad’s social action chair, said the tense atmosphere on campus was clearly palpable.

“With this event, we’re hoping to defuse some of it and to encourage students to find a peaceful way of ending the racism and hate that’s been occurring recently,” he said. “It is up to the students to set an example for their peers and to oppose this violence peacefully.”

MU Chabad co-director Rabbi Avromi Lapine said there had been several antisemitic and racist acts on campus over the last several weeks, leaving students on edge.

“The Jewish response to darkness has always been to increase light,” he said. “By doing additional mitzvot – acts of kindness – we have the ability to make this a more loving and respectful place, both locally and globally.”

Chabad’s program came after MU’s chancellor and president stepped down in the wake of intense student protests, a hunger strike and the threat of boycott from the school’s football team, following a series of racist incidents, like the smearing of a swastika in feces on a new college dormitory’s white wall.

6 Comments

  • 1. Milhouse wrote:

    after a series of racially charged incidents led to a student backlash

    LIes. There were no incidents, and the student insanity was not a “backlash” against anything.

    a peaceful way of ending the racism and hate that’s been occurring recently, […] to oppose this violence peacefully.”

    There has been no racism, and the only hate and violence has come from the insane students. Chabad should be standing with the administration and not lending any moral support to these violent left-wing students, who are also heavily involved with the anti-semitic BDS movement.

    Rabbi Avromi Lapine said there had been several antisemitic and racist acts on campus over the last several weeks

    And I’m calling Rabbi Avromi Lapine a liar.

    a series of racist incidents, like the smearing of a swastika in feces on a new college dormitory’s white wall.

    There is no proof that this happened, let alone who did it or why. If there ever was a swastika (for which there is no evidence at all) then it’s far more likely to have been put there by an “activist” student than by a neo-nazi.

    • 4. Milhouse wrote:

      Even if there was a swastike, there is no evidence of who put it there, or why. Most such incidents are hoaxes, done by “activists” to provide themselves with an excuse for mayhem. And even if by some remote chance the swastika was made by some neo-nazi student, how is that the administration’s fault? What could or should the administration have done to prevent it?

      Even if whoever did it were caught, what could they be charged with? Making a mess?! Since when is that a crime? These protesters are making bigger messes every day.

      Making common cause with these “social justice” warriors taints Chabad and everything else it does. What will we hear next? A memorial for that piece of garbage Michael Brown?!

  • 5. To Milhouse wrote:

    You just called a man a liar in a very public way. While you have every right to do that, hiding behind the anonymity of an internet handle is cheap and cowardly. Be a man and put your name to it.

    • 6. Milhouse wrote:

      His words stand on their own. He has made serious charges, without any basis for believing them to be true. That makes him a liar, and it makes no difference at all who points it out. If you wish to defend him, do it on the facts. Anonymous commentary has a long and honorable history, and demands to expose people’s real-life identities are really nothing but attempts at intimidation.

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