Washington Examiner: UCLA professor who said LAPD must protect campus protesters backed defunding police 9_Washington_Examiner_-_UCLA_prof

May 2, 2024 04:25 PM



By Gabe Kaminsky | Full article published at Washington Examiner

Just before law enforcement moved to dismantle an anti-Israel encampment Thursday at UCLA, a professor at the California school took to criticizing officers for purportedly failing to protect student activists supporting Gaza. 

But in 2020, as left-wing protesters swarmed cities in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, that same taxpayer-backed educator — Ananya Roy — publicly supported defunding the police.

The student demonstrations at UCLA, like others at campuses taking aim against the Jewish state, are under the national spotlight as Israel continues its war against the Hamas terrorist faction. Police in riot gear early Thursday made over 130 arrests at UCLA — which came days after violent clashes between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters.

Roy, founding director of the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy and an urban planning professor who earned a salary of at least $375,708 in 2022 (source: OpenTheBooks.com), has emerged as a key voice at UCLA criticizing the school for “campus messaging” that she says penalizes anti-Israel student protesters. Roy, who has recently been quoted in stories about the UCLA protests by the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Newsweek, the Guardian, and other media outlets, supports “divesting from whiteness” and “refusing patriarchy,” according to her X profile. She often reposts content on social media accusing Israel of genocide and apartheid for retaliating against Hamas.

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