University students voted against a moment of silence for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks because it would apparently cause “Islamophobia.”
According to The Daily Beast, students at the University of Minnesota killed a proposed moment of silence for 9/11 victims.
Theo Menon, a Minnesota Student Association representative and member of the College Republicans, submitted the proposed moment after leaning that the school did nothing to honour the victims.
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His proposed “moment of recognition” on future 9/11s was met with controversy by MSA representative and Director of Diversity and Inclusion David Algadi.
The Washington Post published an email Algadi had sent raising his “concerns”.
First off, I want to say that 9/11 is and always will be a tragedy. I can recognize that. But I think that we need to permit ourselves to dig deeper than just this.
9/11 is often used as reasoning for Islamophobia that takes both physical and verbal forms. The passing of this resolution might make a space that is unsafe for students on campus even more unsafe. Islamophobia and racism … are alive and well. I just don’t think that we can act like something like a moment of silence for 9/11 would exist in a vacuum when worldwide, Muslim and Middle Eastern folks undergo intense acts of terrorism around the 11th of September each year, and have since 2001.
Algadi was not alone and a majority of student leaders voted with him 36-23 against a moment of silence for 9/11 victims.
Luckily, someone with common sense (and more power) decided to formalize a moment of silence anyway. That person being UNM President Eric Kaler.
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Regardless the fact remains that university students voted against respecting the victims of 9/11 out of fear that Muslims would be 'unsafe'.
That's worse than banning yoga because people could be offended by “cultural appropriation”.
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