Potatoes are "pommes de terre" in french - earth apples.
... does that mean that the two points are sort of related? that's how it seems to me.
I think they're also talking about a societal trend of hypervigilance to antisemitic thought, not just one person in one place - in which case it is apples to apples. As far as I understood it, they're making the assertion that if one of their other profs made similar statement, but about say, "them wetbacks", that the prof wouldn't get the same level of discipline.
Do I believe that? no. Do I believe that they believe it? sure. Who's in a better place to say? fuck, Idunno.
In a lot of ways I kind of wish that I'd not really said anything because I'm not exactly enamoured with the whole "privilege" thing and don't ever use it in my personal life. I mean, I think it's a good idea to talk about, and to use as a tool of self-betterment, but using it against other people is garbage.