Friday, November 16, 2007

Old fashion anti-Black racism and Islamophobia at Central Michigan U

The sad part about this situation is not just the actions but the different reactions to the anti-Muslim pamphlets verses this most recent nooses incident.

With the anti-Muslim letters, there was no public statements or calls for dialogue to diffuse the situation to make the Muslim students feel more at ease. The total opposite reaction has taken place with the nooses.

Whereas anti-Black racism regarding nooses is completely unacceptable in our society, bigotry against Muslims has a large degree of acceptance. In fact, Muslims are even attacked when we complain that we suffer from discrimination and hate crimes.

Discovery of nooses sparks anger at CMU

Campus officials vow to prosecute anyone responsible for racially charged symbols.

Oralandar Brand-Williams / The Detroit News
Four nooses were found in a second-floor classroom of the Engineering and Technology Building at Central Michigan University this week, school officials said Thursday.

A male student found the nooses, made of compressed flexible gas line material, hanging Monday afternoon from cabinets in Room 228, said CMU spokesman Steve Smith.

The discovery of the nooses, historically painful reminders of the lynching of African-Americans in the United States, follows an anti-Muslim incident at CMU.

Pamphlets that made inferences that "all Muslims are terrorists" were placed under the office doors of some faculty members two to three weeks ago, said Smith. No one has been arrested in that incident.

"We have no evidence that the two (incidents) are connected," said Smith. "The person found responsible will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."(MORE)

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