35 years later, Babson apologizes to Brandeis for anti-Semitic incidents
- Babson College President Len Schlesinger will formally apologize to Brandeis University Wednesday at the Anti-Defamation League's New England headquarters for a 1978 soccer game in which students shouted anti-Semitic remarks and displayed offensive symbols.
- Other incidents related to the November 1978 soccer game include Babson players hanging a "Happy Holocaust" sign in their gymnasium and members of the team wearing swastikas during the final practice and yelling things like "Holocaust" to boost morale.
- The apology also marks Babson's partnership with the Anti-Defamation League to create the "A Campus of Difference" program, through which members of the campus community will work to rid the campus of racism, anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry.
From the article:
... “These insulting and ignorant actions left a bitter taste in the mouths of everyone at Brandeis, and those at Babson who value decency and treating others with respect,” the statement said. “The Brandeis soccer team endured a considerable amount of hate during games at other schools during the 1978 season, but the Babson incidents were extreme and hurtful.” ...
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