Before I start, I want to note that this isn’t going to be some passionate, scathing piece. The Swastika incident has been resolved and, frankly, there’s no reason in staying on that specific incident any longer. Appropriate apologies were made, and conversations were started, so as far as I’m concerned there’s no need for any more all school emails regarding that. The reason I am writing is to shed light onto a bigger problem I saw that day: a lack of knowledge and awareness of anti-semitism, at Milton.
As I was walking out of the assembly, I noticed many people who were simply unphased by the whole incident. Sure there were some chuckles about the image being shown, but I felt a general lack of awareness or care for what had happened. Conversations from later that day confirmed my suspicion, as very few people understood how angering the morning had been for Jewish students, like me.
The lack of anti-semitism awareness amongst our student body stems from the schools lack of education on the subject. We have assemblies, speakers, and full courses to tackle issues such as racism and homophobia at Milton, but in all these cases, anti-semitism seems to be rarely or never mentioned.
With rise of Neo-Nazi groups, anti-semitism has also increased in the United States. Anti-semitism deserves the equal attention and education as any other issue of race, gender, sexuality, or identity in this country, as anti-semitism causes it’s victims to feel the same feelings of fear and marginalization. Milton, we need to wake up and see this, so that we can become an example of what an understanding and educated community should look like. With the amazing minds this school has, I know this can be possible. All we need to is keep talking, and learning, about anti-semitism.