Steven Spielberg, in Harvard commencement speech, says anti-Semitism on the rise

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By staff.. Speaking at Harvard University’s commencement, filmmaker Steven Spielberg said he was “wrong” as a kid to think anti-Semitism “was fading.” Spielberg, whose 99-year-old father Arnold sat in one of the first rows at his address before the Ivy League university’s class of 2016, told the graduates Thursday(May26th, 2016) that the world “is full of monsters” espousing “racism, homophobia, ethnic hatred, class hatred” and “religious hatred.” Spielberg also offered a veiled criticism of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying, “We are a nation of immigrants — at least for now” and calling on graduates to vote in the upcoming election. Facebook COO and Harvard alum Sheryl Sandberg, who is also Jewish, served as chief marshal of the ceremony. “As a kid, I was bullied — for being Jewish,” Spielberg recalled in his speech. “This was upsetting, but compared to what my parents and grandparents had faced, it felt tame. Read the full story here.



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