Bahar Mustafa and hate speech

In Germany, there is little tolerance of intolerance. That may come as a surprise to some, namely those who are ignorant of Germany's impressive drive to acknowledge and rectify past mistakes. So it is fitting, that in this day and age of racial and gender equality, that we in Germany support others in overcoming racial hatred and other forms of bigotry.

Take Bahar Mustafa, a London-based feminist with an apparent penchant for hate speech.  Have you been following her case in the media recently? If not, then check out the following links: Diversity Officer Could Lose Job, Petition to Have Bahar Mustafa Dismissed.

What does one do with someone who allegedly tweeted with the hashtag "kill all white men"?  Here is an idea, why not make them a university student union's welfare and diversity officer.  At least, that is what Goldsmiths University Students Union in London is effectively doing, by allowing her to remain in that role until a police investigation is concluded.  Then again, one would need a police investigation to have actually commenced before it can conclude.  What, no police action, how can that be?  If we substitute the term "kill all white men" with "kill all women" or "kill all Christians", would that be tolerated quite so readily?

Recently, the "welfare and diversity officer" sent out this little gem regarding an unofficial diversity event: "if you have been invited and you are a man and/or white, then PLEASE DON'T COME" (the uppercasing was Bahar's decision).  Well, if I were a white male, and someone who tweeted "kill all white men" invited me to an event, then my self-preservation instincts would probably warn me to steer well clear of that event. I would be more worried if she explicitly asked for white males to attend - it would be akin to the Ku Klux Klan organising a welcome party for the first black man in their neighbourhood.

Luckily, she had a scorcher of a comeback when the criticism flooded in: "I, as an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men, because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender".  No seriously, she did say that.  Let me repeat "I, as an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men", claims the author of #KillAllWhiteMen.

The feminist logic is enough to make a creationist weep with envy.  I am sure there is a potential movie with Ben Stiller in this somewhere.

It is important to point out, that a spokesperson for Goldsmiths said the university had received "a number of complaints" about Mustafa and that "Bahar Mustafa is not an employee of the university and is not a student and the students' union is independent".  Some students who are in a position to do something though, are actively pursuing her dismissal.  A petition has been started to seek her dismissal and have the police investigate her activities. So far the petition has reached nearly 18,000 signatures and is growing daily.

So, for those who oppose racism and sexism, then please support the cause and sign the petition, and let us be intolerant of intolerance.

2015-05-22 00:58:08

Outrageous that she is not being questioned by police. Free speech has its limits when saying something which may offend a minority, but white men are fair game?

Sam M
2015-05-22 18:40:42

It seems there is some police involvement now as well. Petition signed.

Joe Public
2016-01-07 20:54:48

The only limitation on free speech should be that it is unlawful to incite a criminal act. She has crossed that line.

Write a comment ...
Post comment

Huerta urbana: en busca de la auto sustentabilidad

Calendario de siembra según la luna
La principal idea al iniciar una huerta es, con el tiempo, ir logrando la auto sustentabilidad de la misma abasteciéndonos cada vez más. Aprender a...

Historias que inspiran: El hombre que unió dos continentes nadando

Agustín Barletti realizó la hazaña de cruzar a nado el Estrecho de Gibraltar uniendo Europa con África
Agustín Barletti es quien nos inspira esta vez, su historia es simple, pero a su vez muy bella ya que nos demuestra como el hombre en función de cómo...

Japón suspende la caza de ballenas

Barco factoría dedicado a la caza de ballenas en los mares australes
Japón acatará el fallo de la Corte de La Haya y suspende la caza de ballenas en la temporada estival del océano Atlántico Sur. Por primera vez en más...

Historias que inspiran

Coach Jack Lengyel Marshall University
Corría el mes de Noviembre de 1970 y un accidente aéreo en West Virginia (EE.UU.) deja sin vida a todos los pasajeros y tripulantes del fatídico vuelo...

El colectivo: una creación porteña

Primeros colectivos porteños

El 24 de septiembre de 1928 tiene lugar en Buenos Aires el primer viaje en colectivo, que partía desde Primera Junta, paraba en Plaza Flores y...

Continua el deshielo en el Ártico y en el mar Antártico

El Ártico perdió 5 millones de km2 de superficie helada este año
Con cinco millones de kilómetros cuadrados de superficie helada este año, el Ártico sigue la tendencia de perder hielo en el verano boreal europeo,...

Historias que inspiran

EL recordado Enrique Casares,hábil jugador de rugby del SIC y excelente golfista que falleció en la explosión

Invierno de 1986, más precisamente 11 de Julio de 1986. Noche muy fría no apta para ser aprovechada para hacer un asado en la parrilla ubicada en el...

Advertise with The Munich Eye
Public Service Advertisements
Shades of Love
Spanish Finca for rent Web Site Optimisation
Newspaper sudoku