November 12, 2013

When Opposing Jihad Is ‘Racist'

“Islamophobia” has broken out at Washington University of St. Louis, sparking outrage, grief, an “open solidarity forum,” and an avalanche of groveling apologies from university administrators.
It all started, according to the university’s independent student paper Student Life, with a “controversial Halloween photograph” that went “viral” and became an “emotional trigger” for Muslim students, “bringing back memories of personal experiences with racism.”

The offending photo featured a group of students apparently dressed as soldiers pointing waterguns at a student dressed as Osama bin Laden, or perhaps as a generic Islamic terrorist.
Oh, the hatred! The racism! The “Islamophobia”! A Muslim student, Mahroh Jahangiri, posted a screenshot of the horrific photo on her Facebook page, with its original caption, which showed that the students in the photo themselves approached the idea of fighting against jihad terror with a certain irony: “Halloween ‘13. Amurrica!!” But the irony was lost on Jahangiri, who added a seven-paragraph caption of her own, fulminating that the photo represented “a broader, more aggressive (and apparently violent) Islamophobia rampant here at WashU and in the United States.”

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