Julian Kroll is a Junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Government and Economics with a minor in Biological Sciences. He’s also currently involved in the Student Assembly, the Cornell Undergraduate Law and Society Review, and a social fraternity. He can usually be found lurking in Temple of Zeus. He can be reached at [email protected].
By now, we’ve all learned that almost anything can be political. As public discourse is integrated into industry and culture, it’s almost unusual for a company to lack a hot political take or sympathetic philanthropic cause. Plenty of these causes are admirable. Gillete, for example, recently garnered attention for including progressive ideas about masculinity in a major advertising campaign. Did we really need our razors and shaving creams to be sites of political discourse?
Over the course of the past couple weeks, the BDS (Boycott, Divest, and Sanction) movement has been a particularly hot topic on campus. From initial communications between SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine) and Martha Pollack to an uneasy session of the Student Assembly, the issue has taken center stage for many campus organizers and members of student government. The Cornell BDS movement primarily calls for Cornell University to divest from Israel, which would require a complete cessation of funding to the state. In a letter released on February 28, Martha Pollack responded to the request for divestment with a firm ‘No’. To be clear, this article is not meant to take a stance on the BDS movement or Pollack’s refusal to divest from the State of Israel.