Raging Ivy League Anti-Semitism
 
From: bernhard1848@att.net
 
These were the same people who chastised Southern States for enforcing voting education requirements in the early twentieth century, while practicing discrimination and religious intolerance in their own Northern institutions. The very-tolerant American South produced the first Jewish statesmen, David Yulee (Levy) and Judah Benjamin in antebellum times.
 
Bernhard Thuersam, Director
Cape Fear Historical Institute
www.cfhi.net  
 
Raging Ivy-League Anti-Semitism:
 
In 1922 President Abbott Lawrence Lowell of Harvard made the mistake of raising the Jewish problem publicly, and the bad press that followed taught the other presidents to solve it quietly, behind the scenes. At Yale the job was left to the Chair of the Admissions Board, Robert Corwin, who reported in a 1922 memorandum: “The opinion is general in the Faculty that the proportion of those in college whose racial elements are such as not to permit of assimilation has been exceeded and that the most noticeable representatives among those regarded as undesirable are the Jewish boys, especially those of local origin.”
 
Corwin’s solution, which remained secret for decades, was called the “Limitation on Numbers” policy. “While many of these Hebrew boys are fine students, I think the general effect on the scholastic standing is bad,” the college dean observed in 1922. In the words of one Yale psychologist, Jews “are more or less in the nature of a foreign body in the class organism.”  They could be brilliant students but their “characters” were often doubtful, and in determining the student body under the new numerical limits Yale’s administration chose to put the education of the citizen of good character on a higher level than scholarship.
 
In 1923, Yale announced a general restriction on the number of entering freshmen. The top qualifiers would still get in on the basis of academic strength, but the borderline candidates would now be subject to a character test: such virtues as “manliness, uprightness, cleanliness, native refinement, etc.,” would go into the admissions mix, guaranteeing that Jews and other undesirables would be weeded out without any declared policy of anti-Semitism.”
 
(Blood of the Liberals, George Packer, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000, pp. 136-137)