Nov 8 2013
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, St. Louis (embarrassingly, BNI’s alma mater) bows to Muslim pressure over Osama bin Laden/Navy SEALS Halloween costumes
Halloween costumes at colleges are the latest battleground for the left. Joining in the fun is the Muslim Students Association; a fun-loving Muslim Brotherhood front group whose presidents have a tendency to join Al Qaeda.
Frontpage Magazine by Daniel Greenfield (h/t Robert C)– Since Osama bin Laden was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, it was only natural for the Washington University MSA to feel really hurt by American students dressing up as Bin Laden and the American soldiers who took their leader down. So the MSA whined and cried racism and convened a forum to discuss how the photo “triggered” them. And the University apologized for not knuckling under sooner and taking a photo of a few Halloween costumes celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden more seriously.
(If anyone knows which fraternity is behind this, please let me know. I used to be a ‘little sister’ to Sigma Alpha Mu at Washington University and would like to send them ‘congratulations’ if it was them)
A Solidarity Forum hosted by the Muslim Students Association Thursday offered Washington University’s administration a chance to apologize for its failure to respond immediately to a controversial Halloween photograph gone viral and students to suggest possible avenues for improvement.
The discussion in Tisch Commons, in which a number of MSA members related how the photo was an emotional trigger for them, bringing back memories of personal experiences with racism, came one day after a Facebook post featuring an image of students in Halloween costumes garnered hundreds of hits from community members and others who found the photo offensive.
For Americans, the photo might be a “trigger” of the Muslim massacre of thousands of Americans. But that’s just oversensitive. Get over it. But Muslim memories of racism, call out the tolerance brigade.
Some criticized the administration for its delayed reaction to the photo, which was sent to Vice Chancellor Sharon Stahl just after Halloween. At the meeting, Stahl took responsibility for her lack of action.
“I am the person, the only person, to whom this posting was sent on Halloween; I made a grave mistake in not responding sooner than I did. I deeply regret that,” Stahl said. “If I could go back and undo this, I would, but I can’t, so I have to accept the responsibility of my mistake. I apologize, and I hope that moving forward you will be able to find it in your hearts to give me that grace.”
Now with more graceful Dhimmi groveling before the Religion Which May Not Be Criticized and Whose Terrorists May Not Be Insulted.
Earlier Thursday afternoon, Chancellor Mark Wrighton, Provost Holden Thorp and Stahl sent an email to the entire Washington University community to address the issue.
“As a community, one of our highest priorities is to maintain an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome,” they wrote. “Images like the one that was posted on a social media site by students on Halloween and the impact it has had reminds us that we all must be united in this effort and it must be on-going. Whatever the intention, the image has offended and hurt members of our community. The image also is entirely inconsistent with who we are as an institution, our values and the way in which we engage in the world around us.”
“We are deeply disappointed and saddened that this has occurred. We must expect better of ourselves and of each other,” they added.
Inclusivity at Washington University means not being allowed to make fun of Bin Laden to avoid offending the Muslim Students Association, many of whose presidents have joined Al Qaeda.
Meanwhile the MSAs celebrate terrorism and deface Stars of David with Swastikas and no administrator apologizes for not taking it seriously.
Senior Mahroh Jahangiri posted the screenshot with the original caption of “Halloween ‘13. Amurrica!!”—along with a seven-paragraph caption in which she interpreted the photo as “represent[ing] a broader, more aggressive (and apparently violent) Islamophobia rampant here at WashU and in the United States.”
She told stories of discrimination she has faced while at the University, expressed her disappointment in the student body for its lack of a reaction, explained why she was offended by the photo and urged students to “RAISE HELL ABOUT THIS.”
Who is Mahroh Jahangiri? She’s an intern at the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Homeland Security and an activist for Hamastan Gaza. On her Tumblr, she defends the Muslim Brotherhood, attacks Israel and promotes Islamism. On Facebook, there’s blatant anti-Americanism and support for the Brotherhood’s rule in Egypt.
But not a problem. Of course.
And Washington University is responding with predictable liberal fascism.
Senior Matt Re, president of Student Union, said it is SU’s core mission to make sure all students feel safe and included on campus, and senior Gaby Dinkin, chair of the Diversity Affairs Council, said that the committee had an emergency meeting to discuss the situation and was working on drafting a formal statement.
“We’re not blaming anyone or saying that anyone was being intentionally hurtful, but people in our community were hurt, and that’s what we’d like to focus on,” Dinkin said. “I hope it won’t be a divisive issue but more a moment for everyone to learn and have a discussion.”