The University of Minnesota Student Association seems to think that establishing an annual “moment of recognition” for the events of September 11, 2001 would potentially “make a space that is unsafe for students on campus even more unsafe.”
One has to wonder why UMinn is an “unsafe” space to begin with. But that’s an issue for another day.
The fact that students think keeping history alive by paying respects to 3000 Americans murdered by terrorists is “unsafe” because it could be considered “racist” and “Islamophobic” is a problem in and of itself.
It isn’t Islamophobia to acknowledge the fact that the terrorists who killed Americans on 9/11 were Islamic. It’s just a historical FACT.
And it isn’t racist… because Islam is not a race. Muslim is not a race. So I have no idea what race they’re referring to. Maybe they need to add a class to the curriculum that explains the definitions of “race,” “racism,” and “racist.”
The victims of 9/11 aren’t remembered because they were killed by Muslims–they are remembered because they were killed by terrorists, who happened to be Muslim.
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