A group of Jewish students at the University of Maryland is demanding that the university bar speakers with extremist views in the wake of remarks made at the College Park campus last week during a celebration of Black History Month.
The students have demanded that administrators denounce comments made by black activist Kwame Toure, formerly known as Stokely Carmichael, and adopt guidelines that would prevent persons with extreme views from speaking on campus.
During a question-and-answer session after his speech last week, according to several students who were present, Toure said, "The only good Zionist is a dead Zionist."
The Jewish students said they also were concerned about a number of anti-Jewish incidents that have occurred on the campus, including the painting of a swastika on the door of the Jewish student newspaper.
But university President John Toll said yesterday that the "way to combat this is through exposure and study, and not through censorship."
Toll said that the university's guidelines on guest speakers are very broad to "encourage freedom of expression of all points of view."
About 60 students, carrying signs that said "No more funding for Marxist anti-Semitism," peacefully marched a quarter of a mile from the Jewish Student Union to Toll's home Thursday night.
Toure's speech was sponsored by the Black Student Union.
Both the Black Student Union and the Jewish Student Union receive money from student fees from the Student Government Association. Student groups generally are not restricted in bringing speakers to campus, school officials said. The only restriction is that they not invite political candidates, Toll said.
Tim Shaw, president of the Black Student Union, said that Toure's statements "have been blown out of proportion."
But Marks said Toure's speech was not the only reason for the demonstration. He said several Jewish students had received telephoned threats, anti-Jewish pamphlets have been left under the door of the student union and a swastika had been painted on the door of the Jewish student newspaper.