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It comes as a bit of a surprise—two professors are accusing Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts, of discriminating against them because they are Jewish.

One of them is a well-known feminist, Gail Dines, who calls herself a “radical feminist activist,” whose latest book is Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, and who has a popular textbook, Gender, Race, and Class in the Media. The other is Eric Silverman, a cultural anthropologist whose latest book is A Cultural History of Jewish Dress.

They have filed a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Boston Globe reports.

In 2014, the two professors (and several others) wrote a letter citing a “lack of inclusion of Jewish perspectives on the campus,” says the Globe. Shortly thereafter, they say, the president of the college and other administration figures turned on them angrily and even accused Silverman of racism.

From the Globe:

“People are scared to speak about anything because they’ve seen what’s happened to Eric and I, and they don’t want to be next,” said Dines, a tenured professor of sociology and women’s studies professor and chairwoman of American studies at Wheelock since 1986.

Wheelock College takes pride in its record on diversity. Its president, Jackie Jenkins-Scott, is black, and in 2010 the Boston Globe called the school “without peer in diversity” because 23 percent of its tenured or tenure-track faculty was black or Hispanic.

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