By Megan Schellong
July 5, 2017
San Francisco State University senior Rachael Cunningham recalls a time when she felt uncomfortable with her identity in a class.
The course material related to refugees with a global issues focus. The professor had the students read a book on Zionism, the pro-Israel movement. The text presented a “one-sided view” against the state of Israel, according to Cunningham, an international relations major.
“It was hard for me to sit there and listen to this. It’s hard when other students have hated this country (Israel), and (I’m) still struggling with how I feel about Israel,” she tells USA TODAY College. “It’s a complex relationship on campus, and sometimes I’m not allowed to explore it openly.”
This is not the first time Cunningham has felt uncomfortable with her Jewish identity, and she’s not alone.